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RAD Care

Social support models of community care are integral to increasing the lifespan of individuals with intersecting identities. Although little has been done to resolve them, research shows the disparities of trans, queer individuals, as well as sex workers and drug users, and their access to HIV testing and healthcare. Individuals and communities affected rarely have input privilege on a national or local level in terms of 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 living in poverty. A unilateral conclusion to focus on community-driven solutions is imperative. Addressing the basic needs of individuals is required before access to ongoing health care and regular HIV/STI 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.