I wouldn't worry for a second about certain "medical advice" sites.
My first experience on the Web was with one of these sites.
When I started posting I felt very happy, and people complimented me on my advice.
But goodness, their long-term members were a nasty bunch of people, and I noticed pretty soon that they all belonged to a certain religion, and they
made me feel very bad about certain gaps in my knowledge at the time (which were actually disputed areas, and their information is wrong).
Eventually I thought they were the biggest hypocrites, and I let them know that, I guess.
It's pretty much a set group of people who don't like to be upstaged.
But I've realized that medical advice over the Internet is a vexed concept.
I advised people to have a rapid HIV screening test that takes 15 minutes.
Meanwhile there were all these people driven to anxiety with these lengthy old tests that can take days or weeks, and the site never told them any
In hindsight, I think what they were doing was unethical.
You can give people facts on HIV, but to invite then to "access their risk" is ridiculous.
That goes into lifestyle judgements, and to get HIV only takes a second, not a lifestyle.
Well, that was my experience on my topic of HIV.
If you see they have certain topics on religion like on the "evils of porn", then you must know that they will not accept you for long unless you
reflect their world-view.
But sites that give themselves medical legitimacy are best avoided.
They often have another agenda.
edit on 27-10-2011 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)