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The House of Lords will decide whether to make the subject compulsory: let's hope they make the right choice

Joan Smith: Sex sells everything – except safe sex itself

People aren't going to abstain from sex, no matter what the Pope says

Leading article: The case for sex on television

The proposals to allow advertisements for pregnancy advisory services to be aired on television and radio, and for condom adverts to be shown before the 9pm watershed, have reactivated a familiar debate about the official approach to sex education in this country.

Letters: Town and country

The country idyll: not all it's cracked up to be?

Paul Vallely: Absurd words open to misinterpretation

How could the Pope have said something so manifestly absurd as he was arriving for his first visit to a continent where Aids has killed more than 25 million people over the past three decades?

Mandy attack: 'Green slime on his face? I thought he was leaking'

Lord Mandelson was spattered with dyed custard last week. He managed to respond with more aplomb than fellow protest victims

Friends of murdered girl arrive to incriminate Knox

Witnesses tell court of American student's 'inappropriate and strange' reaction to discovery of murder

Sex films: 'I didn't learn much, but the movies did make me laugh'

Teenager's view: Ella Thorold, 15

Used condoms found in beer packaging

A supermarket apologised to a customer today after used condoms were found in the packaging of four beer cans.

The facts of life: fantasies & fetishes

It was the French psychologist Alfred Binet (1857-1911) who coined the term "sexual fetishism". He meant it to describe individuals with sexual interests in non-human objects such as clothing.

Paperbacks: Dandy in the Underworld, by Sebastian Horsley

Artist, poseur, self-crucifier, self-dramatist, rejected entrant to the US (for "moral turpitude"), Horsley is the bastard child of Oscar Wilde and Mae West.

'Risk-taking' blamed as STIs double for over-45s

The rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among the over-45s has more than doubled in under a decade, a study showed today.

The bank that allows sex workers in India to say 'no'

For prostitutes in Asia's largest red-light district, life is bleak and dangerous. Poverty, exploitation by pimps and the threat of contracting diseases from men who refuse to use condoms are daily challenges. But a breakthrough has been made for women in Mumbai's Kamathipura area.

The Investment Column: Safety-first makes Durex-maker SSL a good buy

Burberry; Hilton Foods

Everything you need to know about sex

Sex and university are intrinsically linked, find out how to get the best and avoid the pests.

Wright: Prostitute 'saved by unexpected noise'

An Ipswich prostitute who had sex with Steve Wright after the fifth victim was found thinks that her life was saved because they were disturbed by an unexpected noise.

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