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Backbench Conservatives MPs have been criticised for supporting a proposed ban on HIV positive immigrants entering Britain

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HIV and AIDs campaigners have called the amendment "draconian"

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

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Show has given Russell Tovey his ideal role, he tells Gerard Gilbert

Vladmir Putin made the revelation during a televised interview special with Andrew Marr ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics next month

Sir Elton John offers to introduce Vladimir Putin to Russia’s gay community

The singer's statement follows the Russian President's call for gay tourists visiting the country during Sochi 2014 to "leave the children in peace"

Matthew McConaughey committed to a strict diet ahead of playing Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey ate spoonful of pudding a day to lose weight for Dallas Buyers Club

The Oscar-nominated actor lost 47lbs for his role as an AIDS patient

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Dallas Buyers Club and Breaking Bad took home two awards each

HIV rates are rising among gay men in London as more are injecting drugs such as crystal meth

Experts warn of rise in gay ‘slamming’

The number of men using drugs in a sexual context quadrupled in two years and could be linked to a disturbing rise in HIV infection rates

Nigeria's anti-gay laws: Homosexuals rounded up and beaten, rights groups claim

Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act was passed on Monday

Biyi Bandele has made the eight-part series Shuga with funding from media giant Viacom, depicting sexual risk-taking among students in Nigeria's capital

Shuga: The TV series that's getting people talking about HIV in Nigeria is made by Brixton-based film director Biyi Bandele

Film director Biyi Bandele’s eight-part series is seen as having a critical role in changing attitudes to sexual health

Elephant Appeal: The continent I fell in love with may be changed forever

My two sons may never experience Africa and its wildlife like I had the chance to

Sending homosexual delegates to Sochi doesn't begin to address Russia's gay rights crisis

Barack Obama gravely overlooks the unfolding HIV epidemic in Russia

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HIV patients ‘cured’ of Aids suffer relapse

News 'disappointing but scientifically significant' as it shows that Aids virus persists even when sensitive blood tests fail to detect it

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the G8 Dementia Summit

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The number of global sufferers is expected to rise to 135m by 2050

It isn't enough just to be appalled by Imperial's rat beheading lab methods

Experimenting on animals isn't just cruel - we're finally learning that it's not even as scientifically effective as once thought

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