January #31 : What a Riot

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Michael Jeter Takes on Hollywood

Bastard Nation

The Eyes Have It?

Their Own Private Africa

Supreme Indecision

Come Together, Right Now

Over My Dead Body

What a Riot

All About Colleen

Barred and Dangerous

Second-Class Organs

Loaded News

Up All Night

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Do the White Thing

Go Fish

The Reconstruction Era

ICAAC: Pros and Cons

Simply Undetectable

One Singular Sensation

Mind Your ZZZs and Snooze

Ad Fib

Italian Yeast Fighter

Not Tonight, Honey

What Did I Do Right?


Miss Diagnosis

Cyber POZ: TPAN Alley

Let the Sunshine In

Lady Bunny

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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January 1998

What a Riot

Jamaica jails jumpin'

Condom handout at two Jamaican prisons last summer ignited a four-day gay-bashing spree, killing 16. Guards at Kingston General Penitentiary and St. Catherine District Prison went AWOL to protest anti-HIV giveaways that they viewed as an affront to their heterosexuality. Riots flared during the walkout, and convicts pegged gay were dealt fatal blows. The attempt by Corections Commissioner John Prescod to temper the spread of HIV in prison back-fired, police said, because guards and inmates alike were enraged by the insinuation of male-to-male sex. Authorities charged 25 prisoners with murder. Promising a thorough investigation, Prime Minister P.J. Patterson said that the guilty would "be dealt with to the full extent of the law." If convicted, the killers could spend the rest of their lives in prison. Those condoms might come in handy.


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