Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Print version ISSN 0042-9686
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0042-96862002001200011.
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.