Human rights should be universal As long as one is a human being they are

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Human rights should be universal. As long as one is a human being, they are entitled to the universal rights of all human beings. Race, disease, economic, or even environmental status should not discriminate one against their own rights. For example, the people living with HIV/AIDS do not realize their own rights because they have been denied over time. Women, and especially young women, are more likely to contract the disease if they lack access to information, education, and other services that ensure reproductive health and prevention of infection. Some marginalized communities do not allow their young women to access education. Similarly, people living with HIV, because of their known status, suffer the burden of the disease as well as the loss of other rights. Sometimes they are not able to access treatment due to stigmatization and discrimination. It goes further to them failing to get employment, housing and other critical rights. When it comes to such cases of discrimination against human rights of certain vulnerable groups, social justice must apply. These people's rights must be protected. Social justice dictates that such populations should have fair and just relations with the society in terms of social privileges, opportunities, wealth as well as personal activity (WHO, 2009). For example, when people living with HIV are discriminated and stigmatized, they will be reluctant to seek treatment, and even the general population will not seek testing to know their status. If social justice applies to such a population, they will be able to seek treatment and psychological support as well as taking measures to prevent transmission to others, therefore, reducing the impact of the disease on themselves and others in the society.
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