This Handbook is intended to guide a human-rights based response to HIV for national human rights institutions, civil society organizations, networks of people living with HIV, and national AIDS programs. Government institutions and other partners of national institutions may also find it useful. It provides a useful outline of international legal principles that underlie a rights-based approach to HIV/AIDS, as well as specific steps institutions can take to further these principles. Such steps are outlined in the context of: outreach and in-reach for assessing national institutions and their partnerships, workplans, and priorities; integrating HIV into existing activities and programs; education and raising awareness on HIV and human rights; working with national AIDS programs; and achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support. The Handbook is intended to be read alongside the International Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights. The annex includes the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS.
The Center for HIV Law and Policy challenges barriers to the rights and health of people affected by HIV through legal advocacy, high-impact policy initiatives, and creation of cross-issue partnerships, networks, and resources. We support movement building that amplifies the power of individuals and communities to mobilize for change that is rooted in racial, gender, and economic justice.