Ellen Degeneres To Fight AIDS With Special Envoy

Ellen Degeneres Special Envoy – Comedian Ellen Degeneres will use her fame to combat the spread of the disease in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as raise global responsiveness of AIDS.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said DeGeneres would “bring her sharp wit and big heart, and her impressive TV audience and 8 million followers on Twitter” to the table in support of U.S. efforts against HIV/AIDS.

Clinton added that $60 million was added to funding for the effort against AIDS. According to the Associated Press, the money would help scale and identify new prevention plans.

Prevention methods will drive infections down, making treatments available to more people, said Clinton. In an effort to create an AIDS-free generation, the administration is allowing health campaigners to “get ahead of the pandemic” for the first time.

DeGeneres’ “The Ellen Show” on CBS is currently being filmed in Nashville, Tenn. As a result, DeGeneres was unable to attend the National Institutes of Health’s Masur Auditorium in Bethesda, Md.

Regardless of DeGeneres’ absence, Clinton said, “I know we can look forward to many contributions from Ellen and her loyal fans across the globe.”

DeGeneres served as a judge on “American Idol” during its 9th season and has hosted both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmys during her career. She has earned thirteen Emmys and numerous other awards for her work as well as her charitable efforts.

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