A Church of Scotland group has said that HIV education should be part of the training for new recruits to the ministry.

In a report to the General Assembly, the HIV/AIDS Project argues that a task group should be set up to work with the Ministries Council to look at offering the training.

According to Ekklesia.co.uk, it said that training at a local, regional and national level would allow ministers to educate their congregations about the disease and improve care and support.

The report claimed that if Kirk minsters do not take the lead on HIV awareness and support, there will be no leadership on HIV within the entire Church of Scotland.