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AIDS, Christian Responses to

  1. Evvy Hay Campbell

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0017

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Campbell, E. H. 2011. AIDS, Christian Responses to. The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


In the past quarter-century the disease of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes it have occasioned a global pandemic. There are 40 million people living with HIV, over 4 million new cases annually, and nearly 3 million deaths each year. The enormity and complexity of the pandemic have presented Christians globally with both a crucial challenge and a unique opportunity. Sub-Saharan Africa bears the greatest burden, as two-thirds of all those with HIV/AIDS live there. In southeast Asia the sex tourism industry has driven the expansion of HIV/AIDS. Brazil has one-third of those in Latin America living with HIV. The epidemics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, while relatively young, continue to grow.


  • AIDS, christian responses;
  • AIDS and HIV, global pandemic;
  • HIV/AIDS, a new kairos;
  • christ-centered theology of life;
  • antiretroviral therapy;
  • AIDS-stricken women