Terms of Use & HIPAA Notice:

  • Services We Provide

    The Give a Spit website as well as all associated services provided in conjunction with Navagen Health Partners are designed to educate patients with general information based on nationally-recognized guidelines. Our education service is meant to be used as a framework for discussions with your own physician. Any education provided through our service is not a substitute for advice from your own physician. While we make every effort to update our recommendations to be up to date and accurate, guidelines can change quickly and we make no guarantee of the accuracy of education we provide or of outcomes achieved.

    We may help connect you to a physician for advice, testing or any other medical services. In that case, that physician is completely independent of Give a Spit and Navagen Health Partners and while we make every effort to only refer to competent and qualified physicians, we make no guarantee of their advice, any aspect of quality of care or outcomes.

  • Privacy Policy / HIPAA Statement

    Your privacy is extremely important to us. You are trusting us with very personal information and we take that trust very seriously. Your data is encrypted through SSL to ensure a private dialogue with Give A Spit. We will never sell your contact or personal information or share it with anyone, without your explicit approval and/or request for us to do so, and only for the express purpose of coordinating your care. We will only contact you when we have something important to share… such as updated information about your health risks, new research, and new interventions that could potentially reduce your risks.

    Navagen Health Partners, the parent company of the Give A Spit Campaign, is required by law to (i) maintain the privacy of protected Health Information; (ii) Give you this notice of our legal duties and privacy requirements regarding Health Information about you; and (iii) Follow the terms of our notice that are currently in effect.

    This Privacy Notice describes the types of information we collect from and about you when you visit any of our websites where this policy is posted (or the mobile optimized version of the website) (each a “Site”). This Privacy Notice also explains how we may use and disclose such information, as well as your ability to control certain uses of it. By using the Site, you agree to the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information as described in this Privacy Notice. If you do not, please do not use the Site.

  • Information We Collect

    We collect certain personal information from you when you choose to share it with us. This may include when you use one of our Sites; complete a Risk Assessment questionnaire; register on one or more of our Sites; sign up for a newsletter or one of our email lists; use our services; participate in a survey, or promotion; request information from us; or otherwise contact us. The personal information we collect may include your name, birth date or age, lifestyle information, health history, family health history, telephone number, e-mail address, and home address.

    We don’t require you to register or provide personal information to view our Sites, access much of its content, or to complete a Risk Assessment questionnaire anonymously. However, you may be required to provide certain personal information to create a Site account, use certain features, or receive certain services. For example, when you participate in certain interactive features on our Sites, such as registering to view detailed Risk Assessment results and to use our services, you may also provide us with certain information like your e-mail address, family names and email addresses, city and state of residency, or submit content, such as questions about your results, support requests, comments, or medical information to the Site.

    In addition, we may give you the opportunity to tell your friends and family members about certain features or information on our Sites. If you take advantage of our features that allow you to share and collaborate with family and friends we will ask you for your friends’ or family members’ names and e-mail addresses to send the information to them that you requested. We also offer visitors to our Sites various features, which we may change from time to time. We may ask you to submit certain information so we can provide you with these features.

  • Automated Information We Collect

    We may use cookies, web beacons, pixel tags, log files, and other technologies to collect certain information about visitors to our Sites, use of our online services, and interactions with our emails and online advertisements, and to allow us to keep track of analytics and certain statistical information which enables us to improve the Sites and provide you with more relevant content and advertising on our Site and other sites. Through these means, we may automatically collect information such as your browser type, operating system, mobile device type and carrier, Internet service provider (“ISP”), and Internet Protocol (“IP”) address. We may also collect information about your use of and interaction with the Site, including as the webpages viewed, the date and time you visit the Site, the areas or pages of the Site that you visit, the amount of time you spend viewing or using the Site, the number of times you return to the Site, other click-stream or site usage data, whether you open, forward, or click-through links, emails, and ads, and other Site usage data. Collecting this information, and linking it with your personal information, for example, helps us to best tailor our website and enhance your online experience by saving your preferences while you are visiting a particular site, and to help identify site features, advertisements, and offers that may be of particular interest to you.

  • How We Use Your Information

    We may use the information we collect from and about you to contact you from time to time, including for any of the following purposes:

    • To respond to your comments or questions, or contact you if needed while processing a request or service you requested through our website;
    • To let you know when there are changes to your cancer risk level or we have additional information about your risks based on updates that you or your family have provided, or due to new technology and/or new research and/or modifications to our risk assessment algorithm.
    • To calculate your risk for genetic cancer using our Risk Assessment questionnaire;
    • To service requests for a genetic testing kit (Spit Kit);
      To provide you with testing results, and education based on those test results and/or to provide you with recommendations regarding healthcare referrals so that you have access to the most optimal care.
    • To improve our website, products, and services; develop new products or services; and conduct analysis to enhance current products and services;
    • To review the usage and operations of our Site and improve our content, products; and services, including contacting you for your opinions on Give A Spit products, services, or websites;
    • To send you promotional offers, newsletter, materials, and other communications and information about Give A Spit, and its partners;
    • To provide you with content that is customized to your interests, targeted offers, and advertising on third party sites and media platforms, including in social media, or via email;
    • To contact you when necessary;
    • To use your data in an aggregated non-specific format for analytical and demographic purposes;
    • To address problems with the Site or our business;
    • To protect the security or integrity of the Site and our business;
    • As otherwise described to you at the point of data collection.

     

    We or a vendor working on our behalf may use and disclose Health Information to contact you and to remind you that you have an upcoming laboratory test, screening or diagnostic test, appointment or other pending items with us. Please be advised that any communication via e-mail and/or an online portal is potentially insecure. Communications via a portal are, however, much more secure than communications via regular e-mail. Our recommendation, therefore, is that you communicate with use via the portal. By acknowledging receipt of this form, you give us permission to communicate with you electronically. Should you wish not to be contacted by either e-mail or via a user portal, please advise us accordingly in writing (at the below listed address, attention COO).

  • How We Share Your Information

    We do not sell or otherwise disclose personal information about our website visitors, except as described here. We do not share your personal information with unaffiliated third parties.

    Except for below listed purposes, we will use and disclose your Health Information only with your written permission. You may revoke such permission at any time, by writing to us (at the below listed address, attention Chief Operating Officer). We may disclose your Health Information to doctors, nurses, technicians, or other personnel, including people outside our office, who are involved in your medical care and need the information to provide you with medical care. When appropriate, we may share Health Information with a person who is designated by you to represent you in your medical care or in payment of your care, such as your family or a close friend.

    We also may use and disclose your Health Information as part of our quality assurance process. For example, we may use and disclose information to make sure the medical advice you receive is of the highest quality. We also may share information with other entities that have an authorized relationship with you (for example, your physician and your insurance health plan). Additionally, if you use the Site to connect with third party services, online resources, medical partners, laboratory partners, you authorize us to use information from and about you, on your behalf, to interact with these third party services based on your requests.

    We may share the information we collect from and about you in the following ways: (1) among Give A Spit laboratory and medical partners only when you ask us to refer you for care with those partners; (2) to our third party service providers we have retained to perform a business, professional or technical support functions for us, including to the extent necessary or desirable to help run our website, fulfill orders, complete your transaction, or provide customer service (these service providers may have access to personal information about our Site visitors if it is needed to perform their functions for Give A Spit, but they are not authorized by Give A Spit to use or disclose the information except as necessary to perform services on Give A Spit’s behalf or to comply with legal requirements); (3) as necessary to investigate or prevent an actual or suspected crime or injury to ourselves or others, as permitted by law; (4) if we believe that there has been a violation of our Terms of Use or of our rights or the rights of any third party; (5) to respond to judicial process or provide information to law enforcement authorities, regulatory agencies, or other government officials, or otherwise as required by law; and (6) as otherwise described to you at the point of collection.

  • Links To Other Websites

    The Sites may contain links to other websites. We provide these links solely for your convenience and information. Different websites have different privacy practices. You should always check the privacy notice of the specific site you’re visiting to understand the privacy practices associated with that site. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of third party websites.

  • How We Protect Your Information

    The security of your information is important to us. We have taken certain administrative, technical, and physical steps to safeguard the information we collect from and about our customers and Site visitors against unauthorized use, disclosure, alteration, or destruction. While we make every effort to help ensure the integrity and security of our network and systems, we cannot guarantee our security measures.

  • Your Rights

    You have the right to inspect and copy Health Information that may be used to make decisions about your care or payment for your care. This includes medical and billing records. To inspect and copy this Health Information, you must make your request, in writing, to Navagen Health Partners (at the below address, attention COO). If you feel that Health Information we have is incorrect or incomplete, you may ask us to amend the information. You have the right to request an amendment for as long as the information is kept by or for Navagen Health Partners. To request an amendment, you must make your request, in writing, to: Navagen Health Partners (at the below address, attention COO). You also have the right to request a list of disclosures we made of Health Information for purposes other than treatment, payment, and health care operations or for which you provided written authorization. To request an accounting of disclosures, you must make you request, in writing, to Navagen Health Partners (at the below address, attention COO).

    You also have the right to request restrictions or limitations on the Health Information we use or disclose for treatment, payment, or health care operations, and on Health Information we disclose to someone involved in your care or the payment of your care, like a family member or a friend. For example, you could ask that we not share information about a particular diagnosis or treatment with your spouse or brother. To request a restriction, you must make your request, in writing, to Navagen Health Partners (at the below address, attention COO). You also have the right to request that we communicate with you about medical matters in a certain way or only at a certain location. For example, you can ask that we contact you only by mail or at work. To request confidential communications, you must make your request, in writing to Navagen Health Partners (at the below address, attention COO). Navagen Health Partners, however, reserves the right to refuse unreasonable requests for special services.

    You have the right to a paper copy of this notice at any time. Even if you have agreed to receive this notice electronically, you are still entitled to a paper copy. To obtain a paper copy of this notice, please contact Navagen Health Partners in writing (at the below address, attention COO) or through the user portal at the Give A Spit website.

    Complaints: If you believe your privacy rights have been violated, you may file a complaint in writing with Navagen Health Partners (at the below address, attention COO) or with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. You will not be penalized for filling a complaint.

  • Updates To This Privacy Notice

    We may change or update portions of this Privacy Notice at any time. When we do, we will post the change(s) on the Site. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to these terms means you accept these changes. Please check back from time to time so you are aware of any changes or updates to the notice. If we make any material changes, we will provide appropriate notice to you. We will indicate the notice’s effective date on the first page of the notice.

  • Informed Consent for Genetic Testing

    Our goal is to lift barriers to excellent health information and genetic testing. We provide you with education about genetic testing to help you understand your choices. A test will not be ordered ,however, without the review and approval of an appropriate healthcare provider. Genetic testing is a complex subject and you may wish to obtain professional genetic counseling concerning the risks and benefits of such testing, either before or after genetic testing. Upon your request, Navagen Health Partners will offer written information identifying a genetic counselor or medical geneticist in your community, thus providing you an opportunity to obtain professional genetic counseling.

    Navagen Health Partners and the Give A Spit campaign has researched all available genetic tests and recommends using the MyRisk Hereditary Cancer test by Myriad Genetics. This test looks at 35 different genes. Mutations in those genes are responsible for many different types of cancers. While this test is comprehensive and looks at all the major cancer genes we currently understand, there may be a time down the road when you may decide to have updated testing as new information becomes available and new genes are discovered. This lab will check coverage for the test with your insurance company and contact you if you will have any out of pocket costs prior to running the test. Luckily, hereditary cancer testing is typically considered preventive care which means no out of pocket costs for most people.

    Results of genetic testing may be negative or positive for deleterious mutations. These are genetic changes that can increase your risk for cancer. The results may also contain variants of undetermined significance (VUS), which means that there is insufficient data to fully understand or classify the significance of those genetic changes. However, the laboratory we use will continue to evaluate those changes and may potentially contact your ordering provider down the road when more information is available about that genetic change. Regardless of which result type you are found to have, you’ll be given an opportunity to review those results with a healthcare professional, ask questions, and receive a referral to an appropriate specialist if needed based on your results.

    Your hereditary cancer results may affect your family members as well. If you carry a genetic mutation you will know that it came from one of your parents and that each of your children and siblings will also have a 50% chance of carrying the same genetic mutation.
    Most cancers are sporadic and don’t occur in people with a strong family history of cancer. Even those with strong family history of cancer will usually receive negative cancer genetics results. Even with negative genetic testing results, however, your risk may still be elevated and there may be screening options available to you to lower your risk. For those who are found to carry one of the high risk cancer mutations, that knowledge is crucial to making a healthcare plan that can significantly lower your risks. This type of information will be discussed during your post-test consultation.

    Thanks to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) your health insurance is prohibited by law from discriminating against you based on your genetic test results. Your testing can not affect your eligibility or premiums based on this law.
    The diagnostic laboratory that performs the test will only release results to your ordering provider and to Navagen Health Partners so that we can help you obtain the proper counseling and follow up after your test.

    By agreeing to the terms and conditions of this site, you agree that you have read the above informed consent for genetic testing.

  • How To Contact Us
Give A Spit

18 South Main St. Norwalk, CT 06854

877-729-3197 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST, Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.)

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