Publié le 11/04/2005

While it now seems to be accepted that security is a precondition for development, HIV/AIDS has yet to be fully recognized not only as a solidarity and development issue, but also as a human and strategic security issue. Within this scope, five aspects are analyzed:

1/ social and economic consequences of AIDS and human insecurity; social change as an instrument in the fight against AIDS;

2/ times of extreme insecurity, such as conflicts, and their interactions with the epidemic; the need for in-depth research in this area;

3/ role of armed forces as carriers and victims of HIV/AIDS, but also as potential agents of change;

4/ peacekeeping operations and the issue of systematic screening;

5/ difficulties created by crisis situations in terms of continuity of medical care; more broadly the difficult integration of HIV/AIDS aspects into emergency aid procedures.