HIV campaigners have criticised a Christian man singing ‘Jesus can cure AIDS’ in Northgate Street.
The man, who was singing in front of a handmade cross out of the back of a van, has been slammed for spreading a ‘dangerous’ message.
The man had an assistant handing out ‘God speaks my language’ business cards, advertising an Australian-based website.
A passerby, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s disgusting. He was singing that Jesus can cure AIDS. Why is this man allowed to spout this nonsense on our city centre streets?”
Passerby Aaron Tuckwell added: “He was also spouting off about the blind being able to see, the deaf able to hear and how the media fail to report such things to hide the truth. But when challenged for evidence and the whereabouts of these people to help him spread the message, suddenly had very little to say.”
The rant came a day before Good Friday.
Will Harris, a spokesman for HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “There are people with HIV in all major religions. Many find comfort in their faith, but the vast majority are sensible enough to know it’s no substitute for taking your medication. There is no cure for HIV, and anyone who claims otherwise is spreading a message that’s both untrue and potentially dangerous.”