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close this bookCompendium on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights. Young people in action (UNAIDS, 2001, 69 p.)
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HIV/AIDS and human rights

A kit of ideas for youth organisations

This Kit presents ideas for youth action on human rights and HIV-AIDS. It has been prepared in close consultation with young people from various youth organisations, in particular with students from the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association and from the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation.

Each community is different, and therefore not all suggestions will be suitable to each particular country or situation. We hope however that young people will find here a starting point for their own actions. No single agency or group can do everything, but we can all contribute in some way!

(See Brochure 1: Basics to Get Started)

Public Education and Peer Education

· To reject myths and misconceptions, and fight unnecessary HIV/AIDS related discrimination.

· To empower young people, to promote their rights and to inform them on how HIV can and cannot be transmitted, how they can protect themselves.

· To discuss more openly sexuality and sexually-transmitted diseases, as well as injecting drug use.

· To draw the attention of people in general and those in positions of authority in particular to accept the reality of HIV in our communities, and to recognise the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS.

(See brochure 2: Education and Communication)


· To challenge and change laws, attitudes and practices that are contrary to human rights and to effective action against HIV/AIDS.

· To campaign for better services for people living with HIV/AIDS, including access to medicine, counselling and other support(s) needed to defend the right to life and to health care.

· To support court action or other initiatives by people living with HIV/AIDS to demand their rights.

· To involve more and more people living with HIV/AIDS in campaigns and education activities.

(See brochure 3: Advocacy)

Care and Support

· To support and encourage people living with HIV/AIDS to participate in life in the community and to comfort those who are sick and may die by counselling, home visiting or other programmes.

· To inform people living with HIV/AIDS about their rights, and about treatments.

· To give services and support to people who may be at risk, including women, children and young people, men who have sex with men, injecting drug users and commercial sex workers.

· To create spaces where people living with HIV/AIDS can meet, share concerns and information, and take joint action.

(See brochure 4: Care and Support)


A Glossary is included in this package. It contains definitions of key terms used in the Guide.

UNESCO Responsible staff was: Louise Haxthausen, Programme Specialist, Social and Human Sciences Sector.
UNAIDS Responsible staff was: Miriam Maluwa, Law and Human Rights Adviser.