I’m stranded! From an infected womb i was birthed, i’m stranded!

they called me “h. Ivy” and this name went viral, they teased, i wept…..

 i kept on shifting aside and aside waiting for someone to sit by my side but the space became wide and wide ,with sadness i slept…..

 my friends drove me insane,they all trampled on me,i crept…..

This HIV/AIDS was encrypted in my genes, i’m stranded!

 I’m scarred! By an infected blade i was cut, i’m scarred!

It was just a scratch, a minor touch, a mere cut but the wound was deep, i sunk…..

 i became an alcoholic that never missed her tot, i was always drunk…..

They said i had a stench and they called me a wench, i sat lonely on every bench…..

This HIV/AIDS hooked me up, i’m scarred!

 I’m tainted! With an infected blood i was transfused, i’m tainted!

 They said i was polluted, adulterated and infused with a deadly disease…..

They hash tagged me with harsh tags that pulled me down, i was unfollowed…..

 i wanted to be seen, to be heard and to be felt but i was never wanted, they behaved like racists…..

 This HIV/AIDS  painted me black, I’m tainted!

I’m broken! I laid on a bed of roses with an infected lover, i’m broken!

 i tasted the sweetness of his lips, the bite was a happy delight, i was wasted…..

Inches deep, i never imagined these deep presses would leave me depressed and get me infected…..

I was loud on heat above cloud nine and i kept the memories like files on an icloud, i never thought i was going six feet under the cold pit…..

 This HIV/AIDS turned my pleasure to pain, i’m broken!

 I’m provoked! This is all blinding and i’ve already lost sight, I’m provoked!

The pages of my death note are before me and my indelible ink is set to imprint a final goodbye, I’m ready to die…..

I’m caught in between the lines of my pages and it is hard to tell my tale to the children of a future i might never get to see…..

This is me, I’m making signatures of how they made me feel and i’m going to carve the thoughts of my mind into the sculptures of tomorrow …..

Something drops heavily on the bare naked floor, lights out, i’m i dead or alive, intermission!, I’m still provoked!

A new day comes with a new celebration and a new awareness…..

We drop the sharp knives and the deadly pills and we stay positive even when we test positive…..

Our banners are raised to the skies with messages of hope to victims and a word to the wise…..

For when tomorrow comes, every one needs to know about HIV/AIDS but no one has to get HIV/AIDS…..

A new day comes yet again, we thrived.


I’m Mercy Oduro Anti
A recent Bpharm graduate from Central University
I’m a former Laspag vice president and also a former member of the editorial board
I love to write, research and watch series
I believe in determination, perseverance and hardwork


Spread Awareness, Stop Resistance

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) is celebrated from 18-24 November every year. The 2021 theme, Spread Awareness, Stop Resistance, calls on One Health stakeholders, policymakers, health care providers, and the general public to be Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness champions.

What is Antimicrobial Resistance?

AMR occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites (microbes) no longer respond to medicines, making common infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death.
Many factors have accelerated the threat of AMR worldwide—including overuse and misuse of medicines in humans, livestock and agriculture, as well as poor access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

Why is AMR increasing?

Why is AMR increasing?Misuse and overuse of antimicrobials in humans, animals and plants are the main drivers in the development of drug-resistant infections. For example, COVID-19 is caused by a virus, not by a bacteria so antibiotics should not be used to treat a COVID infection. Poor diagnostic and prescribing practices and patients not following their treatment also contribute.
Lack of clean water and sanitation in health care facilities, farms and community settings and inadequate infection prevention and control promotes the emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections.

How can you prevent AMR?

To prevent and control the spread of antibiotic resistance, individuals can:

  • Only use antibiotics when prescribed by a certified health professional.
  • Never demand antibiotics if your health worker says you don’t need them.
  • Always follow your health worker’s advice when using antibiotics.
  • Never share or use leftover antibiotics.
  • Prevent infections by regularly washing hands, preparing food hygienically, avoiding close contact with sick people, practising safer sex, and keeping vaccinations up to date.
  • Prepare food hygienically, following the WHO Five Keys to Safer Food (keep clean, separate raw and cooked, cook thoroughly, keep food at safe temperatures, use safe water and raw materials) and choose foods that have been produced without the use of antibiotics for growth promotion or disease prevention in healthy animals.

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