Rihanna Prince Harry

Bajan singer Rihanna and His Royal Highness Prince Harry both took HIV tests to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS on World AIDS Day in Barbados on Friday. Prince Harry is in Barbados as part of his Caribbean tour.

Both Harry and Rihanna knew their HIV statuses prior to taking the HIV tests so there would be no surprises on national TV. How embarrassing would that be?

It’s a long story, but parts of the Caribbean (including my parents’ native Jamaica) were once under British rule. Barbados celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence from Britain on Friday.

Jamaica gained its independence from Britain in 1962. Queen Elizabeth of England still graces the front of Jamaican currency.

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