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The Vatican yesterday clarified the Pope's controversial comments about condoms and HIV, saying he by no means suggested their use could be condoned as a means of avoiding an unwanted pregnancy.

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Female sex workers can use condoms too, says Pope

The Vatican has appeared to expand the Catholic Church's tolerance of condoms as a means of fighting HIV, backing their use by female prostitutes, days after the Pope said their use by male sex workers was better than spreading the virus.

Leading article: A few words that could prove a revolutionary moment

According to the New Testament: "Joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons." If that is true, there will be much cheer above over Pope Benedict XVI's latest words on the subject of contraception.

Catherine Pepinster: Benedict's revision gives hope to those involved in the reality of tackling Aids

When Pope Benedict called cardinals from all over the world to Rome to meet for talks at the weekend and the appointment of new "red hats", nobody would have foreseen that this gathering – called a consistory – would be overshadowed by rival headlines about the Pope himself.

Austen Ivereigh: Historic, and uttered nervously, but it offers nothing for those with Aids in Africa

The Pope's remarks on the use of condoms in the context of Aids have taken the world by surprise. It feels like a historic statement, one that shifts Catholic teaching in a whole new direction. Yet what Pope Benedict XVI told Peter Seewald in a book out on Tuesday would be unsurprising to most moral theologians. What is new is that the Pope has said it. And by saying it he has at last clarified and resolved a question over which there has been vigorous disagreement, even at high levels of the Church.

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Fear infects LA porn industry after star tests positive for HIV

The fear is back in the San Fernando Valley, home to the American adult film industry.

Condoms have not clogged athletes' toilets, say officials

The age-old question of whether or not sports people should perform the night before a performance was reignited yesterday amid a frenzy of reports that Commonwealth Games athletes were overindulging in sex in the privacy of the official village.

Teenagers more likely to practise safe sex

American teenagers are not as reckless as some people might think when it comes to sex, and are much more likely than people over 40 to use condoms, a study suggests.

Campaign to tackle soaring STD rate among over-50s

The first national campaign to persuade the over 50s to practice safe sex is to be launched next week, after figures showed an alarming rise in sexually transmitted infections among older people.

Aids group targets Flynt over condoms

An Aids group has filed a workplace-safety complaint against Larry Flynt, accusing the pornographic film mogul of creating an unsafe environment for his stable of sex stars by not requiring them to use condoms.

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