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Bono: 'AIDS is a human rights issue'

ATLANTA, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Rocker/activist Bono descried AIDS as a "human rights" issue and urged a gathering of AIDS activists in Atlanta to "work with everyone."

There is "no time for posturing," he told the invitation-only meeting Saturday at the King Center that included Coretta Scott King, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., and comedian and actor Chris Tucker. "No time for taking a position. You need to work with everybody -- governments, churches, corporations. Everybody."

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An increased role by the United States to combat the pandemic of the 40 million people estimated to be living with AIDS worldwide could change the negative image many people in other countries have of this nation after last year's invasion of Iraq, Bono said, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

"There is now a great deal of suspicion about us," he said. The United States "is not necessarily seen as a benevolent force. This is a chance to show what we're about."

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