Despite increasing HIV/AIDS morbidity and mortality, focus on young heterosexual African American men is limited. Nontraditional community-based prevention programs may be most effective for this demographic. Barbershops are one potential venue; however, barbersÊ and barbershop ownersÊ views on the concept are less known. This paper describes attitudes and beliefs among barbers and barbershop owners regarding delivering a barber-facilitated, skills-based HIV risk-reduction intervention to their clientele. Participants believed that young heterosexual African American men were at significant risk for HIV and highly regarded the intervention model. This novel work contributes a voice to the literature that is infrequently heard.
- men of color
- qualitative research
- sexual health promotion
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health