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Getting Out Alive

Last Call

He Said, He Said

Outside In

Myth vs. Reality in the Pen

The Hook-Up

Africa’s Mayor

3 x 5 Report Card

Tribute: Wilfredo Valencia Palacios Roman

Earthwatch: Prison Focus

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Medicare Malaise

See You in the Lobby

Show & Tell: Oscar Time



Cirque du So Lame

Can HIV Care Click in the Clink?

A Bitter Pill

Comfort Zone: SpiceBoy

The Sweetest Taboo

Diamond in the Roughage

Head Games

Looking for Liver Helpers

Quick Study: Painkiller


Cheek to Chic

Warning Signs

Quick Study: Sexual Satisfaction

Publisher’s Letter


Live To Tell: With Conviction

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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April 2004

A Bitter Pill

A prison HIV-med side effect: horrid lines

The Limestone, Alabama facility’s mor

A prison HIV-med side effect: horrid lines

The Limestone, Alabama facility’s morning HIV pill line (200 to 300 people) starts at 3 a.m., “because the prison wants it over before breakfast and breakfast over by 6:30 a.m.,” says Lisa Zahren, an investigator with the Southern Center for Human Rights, which represents the prisoners in their lawsuit challenging the medical care at Limestone. “People on meds that need to be taken with food aren’t given anything to eat. They’re not allowed to hold their pills until breakfast—guards shine a flashlight in your mouth to make sure you’ve swallowed them.”

Stephen Tabet’s investigative report called Limestone’s med-distribution system “disastrous.” He says, “There are no provisions for patients too weak to wait one hour [on line]. One patient with advanced AIDS and a severe brain infection, unable to walk or stand for more than a few minutes, is forced to stand, with a walker, in the pill line.”

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