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

Credo: Julien Macdonald

Onyewu eager to make Newcastle move permanent

Newcastle United's new signing Oguchi Onyewu has insisted that he is on Tyneside for the long haul. The 24-year-old United States international defender yesterday completed a loan move until the end of the season, but he wants to make the manager Glenn Roeder take an option to make the switch from Standard Liege permanent.

Ultra-slim models 'are preferred by women'

The fashion industry found a new ally yesterday in the battle over its use of skinny models - women. Researchers at the University of Bath said women preferred models with the slimmest figures.

HIV: is there a morning after pill for HIV?

As a parent of two teenagers, I am worried about their risks of contracting sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. Is there an effective "morning-after pill" for HIV which can be taken if a condom breaks and you think there is a risk from your partner?

Contraception: What's the best thing to do if I miss a pill?

I take the oral contraceptive pill, but I am prone to miss pills. So far I have been lucky and not got pregnant. What is the best thing to do if I miss a pill?

Conference diary

Letter: Fight against Aids

Sir: Dr Alan Stone is right about the importance of research into microbicides to help protect women from the HIV virus (letter, 3 February)

FOCUS: THE NEW DECADENCE: Sex: They want us to be responsible, faithful and safe - but we just want to be naughty

We are endlessly interested in the sex lives of other people, even when the stories are as false, like those surrounding Jude Law and Sadie Frost. But when the Health Secretary urges us to have "responsible sexual relations" we say, "Mind your own business"

Conference Highlights

Most risqué exhibitor

Baroness tells court of flour attack alarm

The Labour peer Baroness Golding anticipated her House of Commons guests would want a good look around the corridors of power when they visited with her, five months ago. But their prolonged stay in the toilets, together with a distinct lack of interest in action in the chamber, soon had her worrying.

I don't mind firing blanks

When he heard that guinea pigs were needed for trials of a men's contraceptive, Clint Witchalls couldn't wait to sign up. But he's still a real man...
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