Cut for Life: Hairstylists and Barbers Against AIDS

Cut For Life. Hairstylists and Barbers Against Aids

An estimated 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV infection, and many are unaware of their infection. While great progress has been made in HIV prevention and treatment, there is much more work that must be done to address HIV.

Throughout the years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has led the fight in combating HIV by partnering with businesses like yours to support various HIV awareness programs through the Business Responds to AIDS (BRTA) Program. One unique BRTA initiative is Cut for Life: Hairstylists and Barbers Against AIDS.

Cut for Life engages hair care professionals across the country in HIV awareness and prevention in communities most impact by HIV. As a salon or barbershop, your business is the heartbeat of your community. It is the gathering place where your clients hold conversations, debates, or dialogue on topics that cross personal and political spectrums. Hair care professionals have always been a reliable fixture in communities. As a trusted and respected professional, you create relationships of trust with your clients, and they may be more likely to listen to what you say about HIV.

Benefits

Giving back provides many benefits including a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. Doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment.

  • Helps save lives: HIV is 100% preventable
  • Shows that you care about your community
  • Protects your clients, staff, and business
  • Provides community recognition
  • Connects with a national movement
Host a Shop Talk Today

As a respected professional, what you say and what you do is often of great value to your clients. You can choose a variety of ways to educate your clients about HIV, such as sponsoring a Shop Talk event. Clients, community leaders, and healthcare professionals can be invited to your establishment to receive and/or exchange information about HIV, as well as discuss what can be done to stop AIDS.

The following outlines ways you can organize and produce your own Shop Talk event. This listing of steps is meant to provide a general course of action in planning your event. Feel free to add additional steps to personalize your event to fit the needs of your community and/or client base.

  1. Plan your conversation or event around the needs of your clients. You know who they are and what messages they need most to hear.
  2. Determine the best forum for reaching your clients. Is it one-on-one dialogue as you service them or a group session with several clients at once?
  3. Determine the information and tools you will need on hand to help guide the conversation at the event. Visit CDC’s HIV/AIDS website to make sure that your conversation or event provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about HIV.
  4. Consider partnering with your local health department to offer additional information and onsite testing.
  5. Display materials such as Act Against AIDS campaign posters or quick tips posters on your work station mirror to spark conversation and promote your event.
  6. Encourage your clients to participate in the program via emails, social media, posters, palm cards, etc.
  7. Obtain feedback from participants so that you can plan future conversations and events.
  8. Encourage your clients to locate testing sites, get more information, and to learn more about HIV.

Whether you choose to distribute HIV-related materials or hold Shop Talk events, as a trusted and credible voice, you have a unique opportunity to provide valuable HIV information that can change your clients’ lives. The comfortable, familiar, and intimate environment of your shop or salon easily invites opportunities for shop talks and awareness events.

Join the fight and move towards an AIDS-free generation. Email us or visit our website for more information.

Get Involved!

To learn more or to join the Cut for Life Initiative, email BRTA@cdc.gov.

CDC Hairstylist/Barber HIV Prevention Initiative partner, Mario V. Taylor (Memphis, TN), hosts a local testing event at the First Impressions Remix Barber and Beauty Salon on National HIV Testing Day

CDC Hairstylist/Barber HIV Prevention Initiative partner, Mario V. Taylor (Memphis, TN), hosts a local testing event at the First Impressions Remix Barber and Beauty Salon on National HIV Testing Day

CDC Hairstylist/Barber HIV Prevention Initiative partner, Jenesta Rogers (Nashville, TN), wears a Stopping AIDS Is Everyone’s Business T-shirt to promote “HIV ShopTalk” discussions during Divine Interventions Beauty Emporium’s HIV Awareness Day

CDC Hairstylist/Barber HIV Prevention Initiative partner, Jenesta Rogers (Nashville, TN), wears a Stopping AIDS Is Everyone’s Business T-shirt to promote “HIV ShopTalk” discussions during Divine Interventions Beauty Emporium’s HIV Awareness Day.

CDC exhibit booth at the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show in Atlanta, GA

CDC booth at the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show in Atlanta, GA

Nancy McCreary, hair show volunteer, holds a sign to promote HIV awareness, prevention, and education at the Shop Talk Workshop

Nancy McCreary, hair show volunteer, holds a sign to promote HIV awareness, prevention, and education at the Shop Talk Workshop

CDC partners, Celebrity PR experts, and Co-founders of the “Define Your Pretty” women and girls empowerment movement, Kita Williams and Monique Jackson, at the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show in Atlanta, GA

CDC partners, Celebrity PR experts, and Co-founders of the “Define Your Pretty” women and girls empowerment movement, Kita Williams and Monique Jackson, at the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show in Atlanta, GA

CDC’s Shop Talk Workshop participants at the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show in Atlanta, GA

CDC’s Shop Talk Workshop participants at the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show in Atlanta, GA

CDC Hairstylist/Barber HIV Prevention Initiative partner - Dwight Eubanks – promotes HIV awareness, prevention, and education to his client at The Purple Door Salon & Spa (Atlanta, GA)

CDC Hairstylist/Barber HIV Prevention Initiative partner - Dwight Eubanks – promotes HIV awareness, prevention, and education to his client at The Purple Door Salon & Spa (Atlanta, GA)

CDC’s Hairstylist/Barber HIV Prevention Initiative Partners

CDC’s Hairstylist/Barber HIV Prevention Initiative Partners

Atlanta stylist engaging a client in an HIV prevention conversation

Atlanta stylist engaging a client in an HIV prevention conversation

Atlanta stylist engaging a client in an HIV prevention conversation

Atlanta stylist engaging a client in an HIV prevention conversation

Clients wearing the Stopping AIDS Is Everyone’s Business capes in the hair salon

Clients wearing the Stopping AIDS Is Everyone’s Business capes in the hair salon

Bronner Bros. hair show attendees engage in HIV prevention role play at the Shop Talk Workshop

Bronner Bros. hair show attendees engage in HIV prevention role play at the Shop Talk Workshop

Celebrity Hairstylists - Dwight Eubanks and Kaye Flewellen - demonstrate how to engage clients in HIV prevention and education discussions while in the hair salon and barbershop at the Shop Talk Workshop

Celebrity Hairstylists - Dwight Eubanks and Kaye Flewellen - demonstrate how to engage clients in HIV prevention and education discussions while in the hair salon and barbershop at the Shop Talk Workshop

Shop Talk Workshop attendees make commitments to promote HIV awareness, prevention, and education in their hair salons and barbershops

Shop Talk Workshop attendees make commitments to promote HIV awareness, prevention, and education in their hair salons and barbershops

Bronner Bros. International Hair Show Models

Bronner Bros. International Hair Show Models