Thesis Research

Social support models of community care are integral to increasing the lifespan of individuals with intersecting identities. Research shows the disparities of trans, queer individuals as well as sex workers and drug users and their access to HIV testing and healthcare, although little has been done about these disparities. Individuals/communities affected rarely have input privilege on a national nor local level about changing the systems that impact their lives. Current research has overlooked sociocultural impacts of stigma and access. If a person does not expect to live for seven years then why should they care if they have HIV. Research has not addressed gatekeeping nor access to funding. Furthermore, individuals are expected to educate their providers and community centers on cultural competency for free while also impoverished. Conclusion was unilateral that focusing on community driven solutions is imperative. Addressing the basic needs of individuals is required before access to ongoing health care and regular testing. A focus on economic justice is necessary for equitability within the solution and for the solution to work. Solutions that were created are Rad Care and Embodied Meta Praxis. Rad Care is a fluid theory about how to address these problems and create resiliency through Embodied Meta Praxis. Embodied Meta Praxis is a community based participatory research methodology that is rooted in an advisory board of spokespeople for the communities that have a vested interest in the research.