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(WTVR) - A Richmond-area woman is helping call attention to a serious health issue.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African-Americans have the highest rate of new HIV and AIDS cases in the United States.

That's why National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was created in 1999.  The theme for this year is "I am My Brother's/Sister's keeper."

Darlene Castro, who has spent the past few years raising awareness about the deadly, sexually transmitted disease, talks about the impact of AIDS on the African-Americans community and the importance of raising awareness.

Watch the video above to see Castro share her story with CBS 6 News' Julie Bragg.

Click here to learn more about National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.