A London church has been putting lives at risk by telling HIV-positive worshippers to stop taking their medication because God had “cured” them.

Undercover reporters posing as HIV sufferers were told they could be healed by pastors at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Southwark.

After a “healing” process where the pastor sprayed water in their faces and shouted over them asking for the devil to come out, the “patients” were told they could discard their medication.

Sky News, which carried out the exposé, said at least six patients in the UK have died after being told by various churches to stop taking HIV tablets.

Jason Warriner of HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust said: “We’re really worried to hear that individuals have been given false information about HIV treatments which, dangerously, put lives at risk.

“It’s essential anyone living with HIV keeps taking the treatments that they’ve been prescribed by their health professionals to prevent severe ill health.”

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