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Ellen DeGeneres Named AIDS Envoy; US pledges New Funding

Comedian, actress and TV Host Ellen DeGeneres has been named envoy for Global AIDS Awareness by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The Associated Press reports:

The Obama administration has announced $60 million in additional funding to fight AIDS transmission in sub-Saharan Africa, and a new special envoy to raise global awareness about the deadly disease: Ellen DeGeneres.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the actress will “bring her sharp wit and big heart, and her impressive TV audience and 8 million followers on Twitter” to support U.S. efforts to save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS.

Clinton says the money will help scale up and assess new prevention strategies.

She said Tuesday that more effective prevention methods were driving infections down, making it possible to treat more people. She said that is allowing health campaigners for the first time to “get ahead of the pandemic,” and make progress toward establishing an AIDS-free generation.


Ellen tweeted:

Ellen DeGeneres@TheEllenShowEllen DeGeneres. I couldn?t be more honored to be named the Special Envoy for Global #AIDS Awareness by #SecClinton. Together, we can see the #EndofAIDS.