Barbershops as venues to assess and intervene in HIV/STI risk among young, heterosexual African American men

Am J Mens Health. 2012 Sep;6(5):368-82. doi: 10.1177/1557988312437239. Epub 2012 Mar 7.


African Americans, particularly men, are disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic. Inconsistent condom use and concurrent sexual partnerships are risk factors; there is limited investigation on how these factors influence HIV risk engagement in young, heterosexual, African American men. To identify contextual risk factors that place young men (18-24 years) at risk for HIV infection, one focus group was conducted with 13 men, and questionnaires were administered to 48 men. Participants were 18 to 24 years old and were recruited from local barbershops. The majority engaged in noncondom use (83%) and had multiple sexual partners (64%). Qualitative themes revealed noncondom use "when in the moment" and enhanced condom use with casual partners. This study provided an understanding of participants' attitudes, intentions, and behaviors as they related to HIV risk and revealed the need for culturally relevant, theory-based HIV prevention programs to reduce HIV transmission among this population.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attitude to Health
  • Barbering*
  • Focus Groups
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology
  • HIV Infections / ethnology*
  • HIV Infections / transmission
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Philadelphia
  • Risk Factors
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / epidemiology
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / ethnology*
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases / transmission
  • Unsafe Sex*
  • Young Adult