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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JB Shreve is the author of "How the World Ends: Understanding the Growing Chaos." He has been the host of the End of History podcast since 2012. He has degrees in International Relations and Middle East Studies. His other books include the Intelligence Brief Series. Regular posts and updates from JB Shreve are available at