St. Louis to enlist the aid of barbers and hair stylist to fight sexually transmitted diseases

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Starting Thursday the City of St. Louis is hoping barbers and stylist will begin cutting something besides hair. The city is asking barbers to help reduce the high number of sexually transmitted disease cases in St. Louis by talking to clients about sex.

The St. Louis Health Department thinks barbers and stylists are the ideal people to talk to both men and women about sexually transmitted disease prevention. And they are using free condoms as a way to get  the conversation started.

St. Louis continues to hover at the top of the list of cities with the highest number of STD's.

But the health department says the problem is not a lack of services, it’s a lack of information.

Kritique Designs at Chouteau and 15th Street agreed to be the first of five shops to launch the program.

The owner says since a lot of shop talk revolves around people's love lives anyway, why not make it constructive.

The health department hopes to get 15 shops to sign up for the program, especially in specific zip codes where the numbers of STD's are the highest.

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