Cookie Policy

The My Hiv, My Rules, My Journey Gilead UK and Ireland Communities website (the “Website”) is controlled and operated by Gilead Sciences Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales (company number: 02543818) whose registered office address is 280 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EE (“Gilead”).

How does Gilead collect information online?

Gilead partakes in the Passive Collection of Unidentifiable Information (e.g. Cookies). In addition to the means set out in the Privacy Statement and the Gilead Privacy Statement, the Website may collect information that could be potentially personally identifiable about your visits without you actively submitting such information.

Unidentified information may be collected using various technologies, such as cookies and web beacons. Cookies are small text files that are transferred to your computer’s hard disk by a website. Web beacons (also referred to as GIF files, pixels, or Internet tags) help Gilead understand how you navigate around the Website. As part of your use of the Website, your Internet browser automatically transmits to the Website some of this unidentified information, such as the URL of the website you just visited and the browser version your computer is operating.

Passive information collection technologies can make your use of the Website easier by allowing Gilead to provide better service, customise the Website based on consumer preferences, compile statistics, analyse trends, and otherwise administer and improve the Website. Certain features of the Website may not work without the use of passive information collection technologies. Information collected by these technologies cannot be used to identify you without additional information. With respect to limiting or disabling tracking technology please see the section below entitled, “What choices do I have about how the Website collects and uses Personal Information about me?”

Some of Gilead’s business partners, with whom Gilead contracts to carry out business activities (e.g., website providers), may use their cookies on the Website. Although Gilead may not have direct access to or control over such cookies, this Website Privacy Statement governs the use of cookies by Gilead and such business partners on the Website. Gilead may also allow social media companies (e.g., Facebook) to put “widgets” on the Website. These third-party tools may also be used to track you across websites. For example, so long as you are logged in to Facebook, every time you land on a webpage that has a Facebook widget, Facebook will know you are on that webpage. Gilead does not control the privacy practices of these third parties.

The cookies used on the Website are as follows:

Cookie names: _ga & _gat
Duration: Two years
Description: These cookies relate to Google Analytics. Google Analytics are used to help collect and analyse information (in an anonymous form) about how people use a website, such as where users have come to the site from, most visited pages and time spent on the page, and user geographical location.

Cookie name: catAccCookies
Duration: Six months
Description: Cookie Bar Notice

What choices do I have about how the Website collects and uses Personal Information about me?

You may always limit the amount and type of Personal Information that Gilead receives about you by choosing not to enter Personal Information into forms or data fields on Gilead websites, including the Website (if applicable). Some of Gilead’s online services can only be provided to you if you provide Gilead with appropriate Personal Information.

Various Gilead websites may ask whether you wish to opt-in to Gilead’s contact lists or programs for offers, promotions, and additional services that may be of interest to you.

You may also be provided with preference questions or preference boxes allowing you to indicate that you do not want the Website to use tracking technologies, such as cookies, to “remember” your Personal Information, such as user IDs or mailing addresses, on return visits. However, Gilead websites that use tracking technologies to collect unidentified information do not generally provide you with the ability to opt-out of the tracking technologies. Some Internet browsers allow you to limit or disable the use of tracking technologies that collect unidentified information, such as a “Do Not Track” (“DNT”) setting. However, note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience with the site and the services we are able to offer.

Additional Information

For additional information about cookies, cookie notices and cookie consent, please visit Please note that this is a third party website for which Gilead has no control over.

In addition to the information above regarding which cookies are used on the Website, information about the types of cookies which Gilead may use in its sites are set out below.

Strictly Necessary

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but if you do so, some parts of the site will not work. These cookies do not store any personal information.

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

Functional Cookies

These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalization. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies, some or all of these services may not function properly.

Targeting Cookies

These cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant ads on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

Social Media Cookies

These cookies are set by a range of social media services that we may have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and social or professional networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies, you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.

Last Updated: June, 2018

Job number: 001/UK/16-07/MI/1407a(3) Date of preparation: May 2018

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Content development has been supported by input from numerous patient groups with an interest in HIV in the UK. Individual contributors are speaking from their personal experience.
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