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PATTERSON, David  and  LONDON, Leslie. International law, human rights and HIV/AIDS. Bull World Health Organ [online]. 2002, vol.80, n.12, pp.964-969. ISSN 0042-9686.

This article explores the relevance of international human rights law in the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic at national and international levels. Public health advocates can use arguments based on this body of law to promote responses to HIV/AIDS that reflect sound public health principles and documented best practice. Development assistance is increasingly linked to rights-based approaches, such as participatory processes, and strategic alliances between health professionals, organizations of people living with HIV/AIDS, and affected communities. Legal and human rights advocacy strategies are increasingly productive and necessary.

Keywords : HIV infections [therapy]; Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome [therapy]; International law; Human rights; Guidelines; Social responsibility; Health policy; National health programs.

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