Condoms in the barber shop

News 7 February, 2018
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    On the occasion of Valentine’s day, the owners of KRWN Barbershop, Jay the barber and Maxime Bellemare, want to raise awareness of their clients to sexually transmitted diseases. Thus, until February 15, it will be able to obtain condoms free of charge.

    Elisa Cloutier

    Wednesday, 7 February, 2018 00:00

    Wednesday, 7 February, 2018 00:00

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    With the approach of Valentine’s day, the Barbershop KRWN wants to make its customers the increase in cases of sexually transmitted infections, especially among men, by offering free condoms to men who visit her salons.

    It is capitalizing on the fact that, since the dawn of time, the lounge barber shop is a space “without taboo” as the founder of KRWN Maxime Bellemare had the idea to offer condoms to its customers, in time for the feast of love.

    “At the time, it was the barber who gave the condoms to the men,” says the man they call ” Max the barber. As well, condoms called “mind-blowing” will be available in the five branches KRWN of Québec (Saint-Romuald, Saint-Foy, Saint-Roch, Saint-Georges) and Montreal, until 15 February.

    “This is not cool to protect “

    At work, the latter has recently found that more and more young people seemed to trivialize the use of a condom during their amorous adventures. “By having discussions with them [the clients], I realize that this is not always the number one priority to [protect themselves in sexual relations]. I have the impression that this is not cool, to protect themselves, our days, ” says the one who aims first of all its customers, aged mostly between 20 and 30 years, but also its employees. “Our 32 barbers have, on average, between 18 and 25 years old, so it is certain that it is addressed also to them,” he says.

    With this new initiative, Max the barber hopes to get the message across ” otherwise “. “It is certain that schools talk, provide condoms, but I think if it was us, if it is your barber that you talk about, this will be different from your teacher math that tells you that you can go get you a condom “, says the founder of the company.

    STDS on the rise among men

    According to the most recent statistics available from the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infections among youth 15 to 24 years of age, and reported cases are increasing steadily, especially among men.

    Cases of gonococcal infections (gonorrhea) have also more than doubled between 2012 and 2016. “This increase is accentuated in 2016 and 2017 of the men “, can we read.