December 4, 2013

Pentecostal pastors in Africa push prayer, not drugs, for people with HIV

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Some church pastors have invited infected people to prayers such as this one and pronounced healing for them, only for the HIV+ Positive person to get worse or even die. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili

Some church pastors have invited infected people to prayers such as this one and pronounced healing for them, only for the HIV+ Positive person to get worse or even die. RNS photo by Fredrick Nzwili

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NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) 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.