Growing up in a small town in the Bible Belt presented a different perspective of the AIDS and HIV crisis of the 1980s and 90s. It also presented plenty to reflect upon as a believer regarding what our posture toward these kinds of issues should be – based upon the Bible, not politics. In this podcast episode from JB Shreve & the End of History, Dr. Jason Lofton and LynnDee Summers continue the discussion of our wide-ranging series covering the history of pandemic and outbreaks. This is part 8 in the podcast series and we look at the history of AIDS.

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Topics Covered In This Episode 

  • Who’s afraid of HIV/AIDS
  • How HIV/AIDS came to be
  • The history of HIV/AIDS and its spread
  • Public, political, and religious responses
  • The numbers
  • Myths and conspiracy theories

Today, the  World Health Organization estimates more than 70 million people worldwide have been infected with HIV and AIDS. Thirty-five million have died. In 2017 36.9 million people were living with HIV/AIDS worldwide and 940,000 died that year. Sub-Saharan Africa was the most severely affected region, accounting for nearly 70% of the world’s HIV cases at that time.

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