As part of our ongoing public conversation about the future of healthcare, this week on The Local Take I talk with Corbett Simon of Checkmate Healthcare. Checkmate, launched this year, offers a safe way to check, treat and share your communicable disease status via a mobile app. 

Corbett Simon explains how Checkmate works and what the company hopes to change in the world of dating. Uncomfortable conversations can be elminated by sharing your current status via their mobile app.

This week on The Local Take I speak with Karla Porch from the Empowerment Resource Center. I ask her about their event Take Charge. Get Tested on June 27th between 12pm -  4pm at Historic Hurt Park in downtown Atlanta to celebrate National HIV Testing Day.

She speaks about the ability to take an HIV test and get your results in a few minutes. She shares information about the services that they provide to assist anyone who test positive or negative. 

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Listen to The CheckUp With Dr. Courtney Shelton MD Saturday morning at 8:30 on WCLK. Dr. Shelton provides common sense conversations designed to help you create healthy outcomes in your life and those of your loved ones. Dr. Shelton’s guest this week is Tiffany Roan, Regional Director of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. They’ll talk about some of the myths and truths about HIV/AIDS in Atlanta. What is your risk for contracting HIV? What is PREP therapy, how can you protect yourself and your community? Join us Saturday morning to find out more.

Saturday, March 17 on The Local Take on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Dr. Zandraetta Tims-Cook joined me in the studio to talk about HIV/AIDS Awareness Month for Women and Girls. I asked her why we are in epidemic mode and what can women do to end the spread of HIV.

She talked about the Heather Ivy Society, a group of professional women who gather to support each other without fear of stigma. Some of the women are positive and some are there for support.

I talked on The Local Take on WCLK with Russell Patterson from AID Atlanta about the upcoming WORLD AIDS DAY Conference on December 1. 

I ask Russell to share the good news regarding HIV/AIDS.  He speaks to us about PrEP a product that you can use to decrease your exposure HIV and PEP a product that is used after unintended exposure to HIV to prevent infection.