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"I have a disease, but the disease doesn't have me," says Del'Rosa Winston, who was diagnosed with HIV more than 20 years ago.
Since she found out she was HIV positive, Winston has become an HIV prevention specialist who aims at raising awareness and educating black women about the disease.
The numbers are still high: The rate among black people is eight times higher than the white community.