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About the Podcast

Welcome to the Positive Voices Podcast

Hosts Leah Henry and Malachi Stewart are bringing knowledge and empowerment to the DC-Maryland area! Listen as they speak to special guests and amplify the voices of our HIV community members, giving them space to share their life experiences, discuss resources like LinkU, and encourage people living with HIV to engage in care and treatment. Let’s raise our voices and create better outcomes for people with HIV!

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Dating in the DMV

January 9, 2023   53:46
Welcome to the Positive Voices podcast, where we're bringing knowledge and empowerment to the DC-Maryland area! In our first episode, hosts Leah and Malachi are joined by Jordan Madison, a Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist. Listen in on their frank discussions on how culture, toxic masculinity, and HIV status all affect dating in the DMV area.
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HIV and Aging

January 9, 2023  51:31
HIV is not a death sentence. Malachi and Leah are joined by HIV Positive advocates Linda Scruggs and Ken Pettigrew. Our guests recount their experiences being diagnosed with HIV, the effect of stigma, and how culture’s understanding of HIV has aged with them.
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Mental Health and HIV

January 16, 2023  41:10
In this episode, Leah and Malachi discuss all things mental health with Dr. Shanéa Thomas. Mental health and HIV are closely intertwined, but the ways they interact are unique to each person. Join our discussion on therapy, the importance of hopeful stories, trauma, and the need for a sense of power over your health and wellbeing.
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Living an HIV Positive Life

January 23, 2023  38:53
This week Malachi and Leah are speaking to guest Greg Meredith about his experience as an HIV positive person. This engaging interview expands to discuss the role of stigma in HIV disclosure, the complex nature of HIV medication and medical care, and dating in the LGBTQ+ community. You won’t want to miss this!
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Black Women and HIV

January 30, 2023  36:18
Black women make up a significant portion of the population of people with HIV. Today, we’re hearing two women’s stories about life with HIV. Tune in to hear this week’s guests, Jacqueline and Yevette, discuss self-love, healthy relationships, and more.
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New episodes weekly. Next release: February 6.
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LinkU Health and Resources

LinkU is a free and easy-to-use resource to help you find services that you need in your area. It is DC, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County’s goal to make sure everyone who lives, works, and plays in the DMV area can access the services they need, including help with HIV prevention and care.

Meet the Hosts

Leah Henry
(she/her)

Leah Henry (she/her) is an on-air personality, multimedia producer, and host in the DMV area. Like her home state of Texas, her personality is big. And as a graduate of Howard University, she’s no stranger to the DC area. She, along with her viral entertainment brand Leah’s Lemonade, has been featured in multiple news outlets for her popular celebrity interviews, including TMZ, Yahoo! News, E! News, and The Daily Mail. You can hear Leah on the airwaves on 93.9 WKYS as a radio personality or catch her as an entertainment correspondent on outlets like Fox 5 DC and Fox Soul. As Leah famously says at the Lemonade Stand, “Grab a cup, throw it back, and sip on all of that!”

Malachi Stewart
(he/him)

Malachi Stewart (he/him) wears many hats for DC Health, serving as a public health analyst and as the expanded testing coordinator for GetCheckedDC and the District’s hepatitis C virus peer program. The Philadelphia native has worked in public and community health in the DMV area for more than a decade. His personal experience of living with HIV since 2008 fuels his passion for advocacy. When he’s not working, you can find him walking near the waterfront at the Wharf or kickboxing in Navy Yard. Malachi is also the host of an Instagram series called The Kickback, where he has honest conversations about relevant community topics.

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