Dangerous cases of faith leaders who tell people with HIV to stop taking their life-saving drugs have been identified by African-led community groups in a number of locations across England.
Seven groups said there were instances of people being told by faith leaders they had been “healed” through prayer – and then pressured to stop taking antiretroviral medication, according to the charity African Health Policy Network (AHPN).
Although community groups said they were aware of multiple cases, the members who reported being exposed to faith healers were unwilling to name the churches involved.
AHPN’s Ms Stevenson said: “People were reluctant to name the churches and pastors.”
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What’s to be done? Laws? There already are standards in place for advertising such claims. But should they be charged if caught? It seems the AHPN is advocating education.