The Off Grid Life

Author's Notes/Comments: 

This is my first time sharing my poetry, (after a few friends encouraged me that I should) please be kind and send your thoughts.

Also all words are opinions of myself in the modern world that we live in. 

This is not meant to cause offense, harm, upset to anyone, and if it does please understand that is not my intention.


Many thanks,


Author's Notes/Comments: 

The red ribbon is the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV/AIDS.


HIV/AIDS stigma exists around the world in a lot of different ways, including ostracism, rejection, discrimination and avoidance. HIV-related stigma and discrimination exist worldwide, although they manifest themselves differently across countries, communities, religious groups and individuals. There is possible consequences of HIV-related stigma to be: loss of income and livelihood, loss of marriage, and childbearing options, poor care within the health sector, withdrawal of caregiving in the home, loss of hope, and feelings of worthlessness and loss of reputation. HIV stigma and key affected populations. The affected populations are groups of people who are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS, such as the gay community, people who inject drugs and sex workers. Stigma and discrimination are often directed towards these groups simply because others disapprove of their behaviors.

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mass segregation

Author's Notes/Comments: 

This poem was inspired by the following article about the ongoing plight of prisoners for the right to be individual, and not belong to any gang.