M.I.S.T.E.R. (Men’s Information Services: Testing * Empowerment * Resources) is one of several programs of Positive Impact, Inc. In addition to free HIV testing and STD screening, the MISTER Center offers the following programs. For details information about these and other services of the MISTER Center, please visit the MisterCenter.org website.|
SEX COACHING/RISK MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Are you struggling with dating? Do you seem to have one failed relationship after another? Do you struggle with intimacy? Is your career going where you had hoped? Do you find yourself looking but never finding quality friendships? Have you struggled with low self-esteem or feelings of self-loathing around your sexual orientation (internalized homophobia)? These and many other topics can be covered during your sex coaching and risk management counseling sessions.
Our sex coaching, sexual health and risk management counseling service is an individual-based, one-on-one service that helps men identify areas in their life where they may be putting themselves at risk for infection, gain a better understanding of health issues specific to men in general as well as health issues impacting those men who are already HIV positive, and to increase men's sexual health and sexual fun. In addition, the sessions provide skills-building necessary to live life to the fullest such as the promotion of healthy living (whether that’s exercise, yoga, diet, meditation, spirituality and so on), increased skills around goal-setting and problem-solving, and increased assertive communication skills. The sex coaching services are tailored specifically to your needs, so the service will offer you exactly what you need.
For more information about sex coaching and risk management services, please visit MISTERCenter.org.
There are currently two support groups being facilitated at the MISTER Center.
Magnet: This is a support group for gay and bisexual men in same-sex relationships whose HIV status is not the same (sero-discordant) to discuss those issues and concerns related to the emotional, mental and physical well-being of their relationship. This is not couples counseling, but is a support group for men to share their struggles and concerns around being with a partner who has a different HIV status. Either the positive or the negative partner is welcome to attend alone, or both men can attend the group together.
Live Free: This is a support group for gay and bisexual men who are currently HIV negative and are trying to maintain their negative status while still continuing to enjoy sexual experiences with at least two or more casual sex partners (meaning, partners that are not their main or primary sex partner). This group provides a safe space of likeminded men who are concerned about their chance of being infected with HIV, but still desire to have a vibrant, active sex life. This group is not designed for men who only have one sex partner or who are in a monogamous closed relationship.
For more information about these support groups, or to learn how to register to attend, please visit the MISTERCenter.org website.
The MISTER Center is currently offering two health and wellness programs through its holistic services project:
Meditation sessions are held the first and third Tuesday of each month at the MISTER Center from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Yoga classes are held the first and fourth Tuesday of each month at the MISTER Center from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.
For more information or to check the schedule to see if Meditation or Yoga is happening on schedule, please visit the MISTERCenter.org website.
The MISTER Center offers a variety of social networking opportunities for gay and bisexual men in Atlanta. These include such activities as Artist of the Month where, on a rotating monthly basis, the MISTER Center serves as an art gallery for local Atlanta artists from the gay and bisexual community; MISTER Book Club is an opportunity to meet with other gay and bisexual men in discussion and debate over selected novels and readings each month; Speed Friending (where the purpose is to make new platonic friends, not to find dates or sex partners) and Speed Dating (where the purpose is to find a compatible person to date, not for sexual hook-ups) are offered at the Center about four times a year; and Peer Advocate Club is an opportunity for people who like to talk to other men about safer sex, and this club become the "go-to" guys in Atlanta’s gay bars and clubs for safer sex information and supplies such as condoms and lubricants.
For information about art exhibits or to display your work, to join the book club or peer advocate club, or to sign up for one of our speed events, please visit our website at MISTERCenter.org.