Singer Paula Abdul calls on young HIV/AIDS activists to keep raising awareness.

Abdul, who is best known for her eight seasons judging American Idol, spoke to HIV Plus on the red carpet launch of the first national tour for the dance extravaganza Shaping Sound.

“It's gotten a lot better,” Abdul said of HIV awareness, “but it's never to the point where you can't stop raising awareness and keeping people well-educated, supportive, and philanthropic in a sense of giving back and aligning yourself with AIDS Project LA and all of the organizations. It's definitely getting better, but we're still not there yet. We're still not there yet.”

Abdul added that openly gay celebrities help the cause – “That's when you're able to really be at peace with yourself,” she said – before giving the writer a hug.

“I feel the love,” she said.