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At least six people have died in Britain after being told they had been healed of HIV and could stop taking their medication, Sky News has discovered. There is evidence evangelical churches in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow are claiming to cure HIV through God.
Sky sent three undercover reporters to the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), which is based in Southwark, south London. All of them told the pastors they were HIV positive – all were told they could be healed.
Once a month, the church has a prayer line, where people from across Europe come to be cured of all kinds of illness. At registration, they have to hand over a doctor’s letter as evidence of their condition. They are filmed giving before and after testimonies, which are put on SCOAN’s website.
The healing process involves the pastor shouting over the person being healed for the devil to come out of their body, while spraying water in their face.
One of the pastors, Rachel Holmes, told Sky’s reporter Shatila, who is a genuine HIV sufferer, they had a 100% success rate. Ms Holmes said: “We have many people that contract HIV. All are healed.”
She said, if symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhoea persist, it is actually a sign of the virus leaving the body.