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Lack of a Human Rights-based Approach to HIV and AIDS

Frans Viljoen

in International Human Rights Law in Africa

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199218585
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696107 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218585.003.0015
Lack of a Human Rights-based Approach to HIV and AIDS

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HIV/AIDS is as much a disease of society as it is a disease of the body. Not only does it invade the body's immune system, but it feeds off and further exacerbates pre-existing human rights violations in society, such as gender inequality and socioeconomic exclusion and deprivation. Devastating the social fabric through high levels of death and illness, HIV and AIDS have taken hold particularly in Southern and Eastern Africa, which have become the global epicentre of HIV and AIDS. This chapter examines the national legal response of African states to HIV and AIDS as a supplement to international law's hesitant contribution to this most pressing issue of our time.

Keywords: African states; human rights; HIV; AIDS

Chapter.  11113 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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