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Ethiopian Church Offers Bizarre AIDS Holy Water 'Cure'

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,263662,00.html Report: Ethiopian Church Offers Bizarre AIDS Holy Water Cure Tuesday , April 03, 2007 Thousands of AIDS
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      Report: Ethiopian Church Offers Bizarre AIDS Holy Water 'Cure'
      Tuesday , April 03, 2007

      Thousands of AIDS and HIV patients in Ethiopia
      are risking their lives in favor of a
      controversial cure offered by an Orthodox church, Sky News reports.

      Patients are renouncing their life-sustaining
      antiretroviral treatments in order to be doused
      with holy water said to cure them of the virus at
      the Church of St. Mary, on Mount Entoto, high
      above Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa.

      "People who come here just after they discover
      they are HIV positive, before their bodies are
      damaged, are easier to cure," said the church's
      priest, Father Geberemedhen. He claims more than
      1,000 people have been cured in the last two years.

      The church requires those seeking the holy water
      cure to stop their antiretroviral treatments —
      which prevent the virus from taking hold — before
      stripping down to be doused in groups with the
      freezing water. They then get dressed and pray.

      But one of Ethiopia's leading doctor's denounced
      a practice that would require a patient to forego their medications.

      "This is something deep rooted in our culture,
      but patients should not discontinue medication
      while receiving holy water," Dr. Amone Wodoson
      said. "There is no adverse interaction between
      the two. It's absolutely wrong. It's really
      devastating. If a patient discontinues his
      medication abruptly the disease will progress
      faster and the patient will die sooner."
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