Wilmington News Journal Profiles Program Providing HIV/AIDS Awareness Information at Barber Shops, Salons
The Wilmington News Journal on Wednesday profiled the "offbeat salon approach" of the Wilmington, Del.-based HIV/AIDS community outreach program Do the Right Thing 4Life. The program -- which is supported by AIDS Delaware and will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Feb. 4 -- provides HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment information, as well as condoms, to participating barbershops and beauty salons. Do the Right Thing 4Life -- founded by Frank Hawkins, director of education and community outreach for AIDS Delaware, as a means of providing blacks with HIV/AIDS information -- aims to: increase awareness of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, encourage "safer" behaviors such as condom use to prevent HIV transmission, encourage HIV testing, promote discussion of the epidemic and provide access to HIV/AIDS-related services, the News Journal reports. Hawkins has enrolled five salons and shops in Wilmington in the program and hopes to expand the program throughout New Castle County, Del. (Brown, Wilmington News Journal, 1/4).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.