Pastors and churches claiming to cure HIV are real danger in England

BBC News – Faith leaders across England in ‘HIV healing’ claims.

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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We’ve posted about these cases before. Here. Here. Here. Here.

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.

  3 comments for “Pastors and churches claiming to cure HIV are real danger in England

  1. One Eyed Jack
    September 25, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    The solution is simple. Infect all of these preachers and faith healers with HIV. Let them heal themselves.

    If they live, then everyone wins because we will have a cure for AIDS.

    If they die, well at least we solve the problem with faith healers.

    • September 25, 2012 at 8:51 AM

      That’s immoral and ridiculous. Please stop.

      • One Eyed Jack
        September 25, 2012 at 3:02 PM

        Like I was serious.

        As to morality, well, the Bible does profess and eye for an eye. Seems apt here.

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