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We collected both quantitative and qualitative data to describe the characteristics of chat-room participants (“chatters”) and their HIV risks and prevention needs, and to document intervention delivery.

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Grounded theory analysis of transcripts from chat-room instant-message discussions identified 13 thematic categories related to chatter characteristics, prevention needs, and intervention delivery.

Chatters were looking for sexual partners, were not open about their orientation, lacked basic information about HIV, had questions about how to be tested, and perceived a lack of general community resources to meet their needs.

and implemented in northwestern North Carolina within a catchment area of more than 1.3 million people. Two interventionists were recruited and trained to enter local chat rooms.

The interventionists self-identified as gay; one was African American and aged 28 years and the other was white and aged 24 years.

Much of the power and promise of CBPR comes from blending research and practice for the mutual benefit of all partners; knowledge is gained and public health practice is improved.