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Aids conference highlights human rights

The 17th International Aids Conference has ended in Mexico City, with experts highlighting the stigma and denial of human rights associated with the disease.

A Swiss delegation attended the five-day Aids 2008 meeting, which was the first of its kind in Latin America.

In all, around 25,000 people from across the globe, including many world-renowned leaders and researchers, took part.

“The voices of those who bear the brunt of this pandemic have been loud and clear in Mexico City this week,” said Pedro Cahn, International Co-Chair of Aids 2008 and President of the International Aids Society and Fundación Huésped in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“If the world does not heed the call to ensure the human rights and dignity of every person affected by HIV, we will not achieve our goal of universal access,” he added.

The non-governmental Swiss Aids Federation also attended the conference. It said in a statement that it found the event a useful source of information that would help it in its work in Switzerland.

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