Lack of basic human rights as a key contributing factor to the ongoing global struggle against HIV and AIDS.
All human beings have inherent rights, regardless of their nationality, place of residence, sex or any other status (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) 2015a). This article gives a brief history of the AIDS epidemic, as well as the current situation, to explore why people in specific areas and key populations are affected and discuss how human rights and HIV/AIDS are inextricably linked and how lack of respect for human rights continues to contribute to its spread and impact (OHCHR 2015b).
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