This occurred through private messages with a trained educator.
The comparison group (‘passive recruitment’) did not engage with the educator; rather, the educator solicited participation in the assessment by sending general messages to the public chat room that included all necessary information to access the Web site of the assessment.
Depending on the host, up to 100 chatters may be in a chat room at one time.
Chatters also may communicate privately to one another using IM, in which only the designated chatter receives the message.
This analysis compared the baseline risk profiles of participants in an HIV prevention intervention (‘active recruitment’) to their chat room peers who did not participate in the intervention (‘passive recruitment’).
Data were collected using an online brief risk assessment from MSM ( = 448) who were recruited within Internet chat rooms. Half self-identified as Black or African American, 29% as White and 64% as gay.
However, little is known about how men who participate in chat room-based prevention interventions differ from those who do not participate.
This speed differentiates chat-room dialogue from asynchronous computer-mediated communication methods such as electronic mail and newsgroups .
There are public chat rooms in which written dialogue is seen by all chatters who are logged on in the room.
Traditionally, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) education, prevention and outreach efforts targeting men who have sex with men (MSM) have focused on physical spaces where these men meet including bars and dance clubs, bathhouses and social groups .
With the expansion of the Internet, the number of MSM who use hypertext markup language chat rooms for both social and sexual networking continues to increase [2, 3].