Ellen DeGeneres Named U.S. Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness

12:55 PM PST 11/08/2011 by Jethro Nededog
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"Together, we can see the end of AIDS," says the talk show host.

Ellen DeGeneres is officially working for the U.S. government. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that the talk show host has been enlisted to help spread awareness about AIDS.

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“I couldn’t be more honored to be named the Special Envoy for Global #AIDS Awareness by #SecClinton,” DeGeneres writes on Twitter. “Together, we can see the #EndofAIDS.”

Clinton says DeGeneres will "bring her sharp wit and big heart, and her impressive TV audience and 8 million followers on Twitter" in support of U.S. efforts to save lives and prevent the spread of the disease, according to The Huffington Post.

“I agree w/this quote from #SecClinton,” DeGeneres tweets. “ ‘An AIDS-free generation would be one of the greatest gifts we could give to our collective future.’ ”

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The appointment was announced by the Obama Administration along with $60 million of additional funding to fight the spread of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. The money will go toward stepping up prevention efforts in that country, which Clinton says has already showed lowered cases of infection and allows for more treatment for those living with AIDS.

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