Print this page    •   Back to Web version of article

International News
UN Entrenches Human Rights Principles in AIDS Guidelines

October 22, 2002

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNAIDS have issued updated guidelines on HIV/AIDS and human rights to reflect significant political and legal developments relating to HIV/AIDS.

The key change pertains to an update on Guideline 6, access to prevention, treatment, care and support, which is based on the following premises:

The revised Guideline 6 is one of 12 international guidelines on HIV/AIDS and human rights published in 1998 by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNAIDS.

"With the advent of life-prolonging HIV treatment and price barriers falling, access to treatment is now at the heart of realizing the human rights of people living with HIV/AIDS," said UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot. "The new Guideline 6 will help governments and civil society focus on the need to scale up access to prevention and treatment. Today's unequal and limited access to treatment is unacceptable, with less than 5 percent of people in the developing world who need HIV medicines having access to them."

The revised guideline breaks new ground by calling on governments to:

The International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights are online at

Back to other CDC news for October 22, 2002

Previous Updates

Excerpted from:
AIDS Policy & Law

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. You can find this article online by typing this address into your Web browser:

General Disclaimer: is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, consult your health care provider.