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Revista Latinoamericana de Bioética

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GARRAFA, Volnei; MACHADO GODOI, Alcinda Maria  and  PEREIRA SOARES, Sheila. HIV/AIDS and the principle of non-discrimination and non-stigmatization. rev.latinoam.bioet. [online]. 2012, vol.12, n.2, pp.118-123. ISSN 1657-4702.

The text examines the article 11 of the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights of UNESCO that deals with the principle of non-discrimination and non-stigmatization. Both concepts are related to the theme of human dignity, while discrimination is an inherent part of stigma: stigma does not exist if there is no discrimination. In this context, this paper aims to study the relationship between stigma, discrimination and HIV/AIDS. The study argues that to loosen the bonds that hold the subjects that are attached to them is necessary questioning the broader forces - social, cultural, political and economic - that structure stigma, stigmatization and discrimination as social processes directly linked to production and reproduction of structural inequalities.

Keywords : Bioethics; Human rights; Human dignity; Non-discrimination; Non-stigmatization.

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