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UN launches commission on HIV to look at discrimination and legal barriers to treatment

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3507 (Published 30 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3507
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), backed by UNAIDS (the joint UN programme on HIV and AIDS), has launched an expert body to examine discriminatory laws, regulations, and social norms that hinder national responses and impede access to treatment for people with HIV, in particular those from vulnerable groups.

    “In many places social and legal challenges to human rights are undermining efforts at achieving universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support,” said the UNDP’s administrator, Helen Clark, at the launch of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law in Geneva on 24 June.

    Members of the commission include a former president of Brazil, Fernando Cardoso; the director of the advocacy group AIDS …

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