“Getting back to our Roots”: Let’s Talk HIV Prevention

This event is part of the 2011 Let’s Talk HIV Prevention series sponsored by the Enterprise. For more information about these events, click here.

City, Country: Seattle, USA

 Organization Hosting Event: Seattle Black Leadership Council (BLC); Project Handle; Seattle HIV Vaccine Trial Unit (HVTU)

Organization’s website:

 Date/Time:  This event will be held on the following days.     Saturday May 7th from 13:00-17:00, Wednesday, May 18th:  16:00 - 20:00, Saturday, May 21st:  13:00 - 17:00

Saturday May 7th from 13:00 - 17:00

Simplicity Hair Design 9259 57th Ave South. Seattle, WA 98118 Phone: 206-772-1808


Wednesday May 18th from 16:00 - 20:00

Paul Gray’s Barber Lounge, 1123 34th Ave. Seattle, WA  98122 Phone: 206-860-0497 –

 Saturday May 21st from 13:00 – 17:00

Himisphere Ultimate Lounge, 308 22nd Ave South, Suite 102 Seattle, WA  98144 Phone: 206-324-0077 –

 Saturday May 21st from 1pm – 5pm:

Samia. 2117 23rd Ave South. Seattle, WA 98144 Phone: 206-325-8511

Event Report (submitted by the hosting organization):

The BLC, the Seattle HIV Vaccine Trials Unit (HVTU), and Project HANDLE (PH) partnered to do HIV vaccine community education, condom distribution and HIV testing at two African-American and African-Born barbershops and one beauty salon in Seattle-King County.  We had originally planned for two barbershops and two beauty salons.  In the end we chose to focus our efforts on three businesses that offered greater promise of reaching community members.

For two weeks prior to the event, we worked with shop owners to plan, recruit and promote the community educational events.  On Wednesday May 18th an event was held at Paul Gray’s Barber Lounge.  Leonard Dawson (PH/BLC) provided HIV testing, Michele Andrasik (BLC) provided information on HIV and the local Black community and the BLC, and Ro Yoon, James Lilly and Kim Louis (HVTU) provided information on HIV Vaccine clinical trials.  This event was not well attended (most likely due to having one of the first nice days of the year in Seattle).  Kim Louis and Michele Andrasik focused on building a stronger relationship with the barber/owner and providing information and education regarding HIV vaccine clinical trial education.  Paul, the owner, is excited about continuing to partner in the future with a focus on HIV vaccine education and awareness.  Our team will provide condoms and educational materials (including an HIV vaccine brochure created by HVTU) for his shop on a regular basis.  We have also planned a second educational session for his shop in late June 2011.

On Saturday May 21st, two events were held.  The first was at Himisphere Ultimate Lounge.  Leonard Dawson and James Griffen (PH/BLC) provided HIV testing and education and James Lilly and Kim Louis (HVTU) provided information on HIV Vaccine clinical trials.  Team members provided HIV vaccine education to the barbershop owner and provided one-on-one HIV and HIV vaccine clinical trial educational and personal outreach conversations to five male attendees.  Our team will continue to provide condoms and educational materials for this shop on a regular basis.  The second event was at Samia Salon.  LaTanya Horace-Cheatham (BLC/PH) and Liletha Williams (BLC/PH) provided HIV testing, HIV education, and Female condom presentations.  Ro Yoon, James Lilly, and Kim Louis (HVTU) provided HIV vaccine clinical trial education and information.  Team members educated and provided informational materials to six salon staff and provided one-on-one HIV and HIV vaccine clinical trial education and materials, personal outreach conversations, HIV vaccine educational films, and female condom presentations to twenty female clients.  This event was a huge success with a variety of topics discussed around HIV and vaccines.  Two educational videos were viewed by clients and staff followed by an interactive discussion.  Salon staff requested that our team return for future educational sessions.  In the coming weeks additional educational sessions will be scheduled and the salon will now be included in our regular condom/materials distribution.

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