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Ellen DeGeneres Named Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness

Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra(WASHINGTON) – Secretary of State Clinton announced the decision to name Ellen DeGeneres as the Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness during her speech on AIDS to the National Institutes of Health Tuesday.

The Emmy Award-winning talk show host is expected to use her celebrity status to help raise awareness about the global fight against AIDS. Clinton also drew attention to the fact that DeGeneres is able to reach millions of people each day, including 8 million followers on Twitter and 5.8 million Facebook fans.

Ellen has also worked with ONE, an advocacy organization to raise awareness about the fight against AIDS.

In the speech, Clinton also announced the U.S. would spend an additional 60 million dollars to ramp up prevention measures in some sub-Saharan African countries, and challenged other countries to follow suit and step up their prevention and treatment efforts.

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