"The black man's country club": assessing the feasibility of an HIV risk-reduction program for young heterosexual African American men in barbershops

Fam Community Health. 2013 Apr-Jun;36(2):109-18. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e318282b2b5.


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, barbers' and barbershop owners' 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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Barbering*
  • Black or African American / psychology*
  • Black or African American / statistics & numerical data
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Culture
  • Feasibility Studies
  • HIV Infections / ethnology*
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Heterosexuality / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Reduction Behavior*
  • Socioeconomic Factors