Kathleen Sebelius speaks in KC for World AIDS Day

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KANSAS CITY -- On World AIDS Day, former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is talking about efforts to bring the disease down to zero.

The AIDS Service Foundation of Greater Kansas City has worked hard to prevent the spread of HIV and suffering caused by AIDS.

The former Kansas governor is considered an expert on national and global health issues.

AIDS has been in the news recently after actor Charlie Sheen announced that he has been living with HIV for the last four years. Sheen said he decided to go public about his health because he was tired of paying blackmail money to those who wanted to ruin his career.

His case is a reminder that a stigma surrounding AIDS remains as strong as ever, and as part of the effort to get the virus down to zero, the AIDS Service Foundation says that includes zero discrimination.

"In Kansas City we are actually leading the nation in getting people into care, keeping them in care and people keeping the viral load undetectable," Missy Koonce, president of the foundation board, said.  "So we're pretty proud of the work we are doing here."

Too often, people remain quick to pass judgment on those living with the virus.

Koonce says young men between 13 and 25 are an increasing demographic of those contracting HIV and AIDS.

The AIDS Service Foundation urges people to think globally and act locally when it comes to working to eliminate the disease.