Sunday, 8 December 2013

Pastors burn HIV meds claiming healing

Big Pharma isn't the only one in the way of HIV African treatments getting to HIV+ people. Even if they actually do get on meds, they may end up getting done by the Pentecostals who have such sway there. In this case a Pastor burns their HIV meds after "curing" them:
NAIROBI, Kenya — At prayer healing services in some Pentecostal churches, pastors invite people infected with HIV to come forward for a public healing, after which they burn the person’s anti-retroviral medications and declare the person cured. 

The “cure” is not free, and some people say they shell out their life savings to receive a miracle blessing and quit taking the drugs. 

“I believe people can be healed of all kinds of sickness, including HIV, through prayers,” said Pastor Joseph Maina of Agmo Prayer Mountain, a Pentecostal church on the outskirts of Nairobi. “We usually guide them. We don’t ask for money, but we ask them to leave some seed money that they please.” 

But the controversial ceremonies are raising red flags as believers’ conditions worsen, and a debate has opened over whether science or religion should take the lead in the fight against the AIDS epidemic. more

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