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Pat Robertson, Medical Expert: 'The Towels Might Have AIDS'

On a recent episode of The 700 Club, television's premier destination for religious bigotry since 1966, Robertson advised a viewer that while the chances of contracting Ebola in Kenya are slim, travelers should beware of AIDS-ridden towels. What? Yes.

4 hours ago
The Impact of Faith-Based Organisations on Public Health and Social Capital

As a network of faith-based organisations, FaithAction knows that there are many faith groups up and down the country doing health-related work in their communities. However, the value of this work is in danger of not being recognised, both by the groups themselves and by policymakers, in large part because there is a lack of evidence around what is taking place and its effectiveness.

01 October 2014
Faith Action
Terrence Higgins Trust to raise awareness of HIV among African faith groups in UK

Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s largest HIV and sexual health charity is launching a project to provide African faith leaders with the skills and knowledge to support people living with HIV in their communities.

09 September 2014
Afro News
Papua New Guinean revivalist churches push dangerous campaign for 'faith-healing' of AIDS

Revivalist churches in Papua New Guinea are promoting prayer as a substitute for medication to those with HIV, according to human rights groups.

24 July 2014
ABC News
Pope Francis: AIDS must be fought with “sexual responsibility”

Pope Francis urged Tanzania’s bishops today to educate people “in the area of sexual responsibility and chastity” also to help prevent AIDS. The Pope’s appeal went out to those working in the healthcare apostolate who “care for those suffering from HIV/AIDS” and to “all who strive diligently to educate people in the area of sexual responsibility and chastity.”

09 April 2014
La Stampa
Pentecostal pastors in Africa push prayer, not drugs, for people with HIV

At prayer healing services in some Pentecostal churches in Nairobi, 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.

09 December 2013
Religion News Service
Indonesian Conservatives All Riled Up Over Condoms

A backlash against a government campaign to emphasize the importance of condoms as part of an HIV/AIDS awareness program could hurt efforts to curb new infections in the country, campaigners have warned.

04 December 2013
Jakarta Globe
God intervened in HIV cure of baby, Hannah Gay believes

The continued good health of a Mississippi baby born with HIV causes Hannah Gay, the HIV specialist who treats the child, to speak of divine intervention. "When I treated this baby I was not even thinking of curing the baby," she said. "That was the furthest thing from my mind. I was simply trying to prevent infection and I failed at what I was trying to do. However, my failure in God's hands turned into a miracle. And it was God that cured the baby and I just happened to be standing close by at the time."

19 November 2013
Baptist Press
Church attendance associated with late HIV diagnosis among US MSM

Church attendance is associated with late HIV diagnosis among men who have sex with men (MSM), according to US research published in the online edition of Clinical

18 November 2013
Michael Carter
South Africa: HIV/Aids holy water cure put to the test

The Treatment Action Campaign wants the so-called 'holy water' to go under the microscope. Rebirth Family Church's Bishop Hamilton Nala claims he can cure HIV with water that he sells for at least R10. Five of his followers have come forward claiming the remedy works, but activists are now calling for clinical tests.

06 November 2013
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