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Russian politician drafts law to remove children from gay couples

A member of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ruling party has tabled a draft law to take children away from homosexual parents, adding to measures that activists say are undermining gay rights.

America's new push for condoms in porn

A health organisation that successfully pushed for a Los Angeles County law mandating condom use in the adult film industry is now taking aim at Florida.

Convicted rapist may have contracted HIV from his victim

Richard Thomas collapsed when he was told his victim was HIV positive

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Matthew McConaughey: The pair are great friends so he’d have the inside scoop on what makes him tick. They’re often seen jogging together... topless. Lads. 5-1

Watch: First trailer for Dallas Buyers Club starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto

Based on a true story, the film follows a Texan electrician who is diagnosed with HIV and begins smuggling alternative preventative drugs into the US 

The porn industry in the US west coast has called a halt to filming after an actor tested positive for HIV

Porn film production suspended after Cameron Bay tests positive for HIV

Los Angeles' adult film industry announces moratorium on new movies after actor's diagnosis, although infection believed not to have happened on set

Rupert Everett has joined the campaign calling for a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics

Rupert Everett backs Sochi Winter Olympics boycott over anti-gay laws

Rupert Everett has joined the campaign calling for a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics in response to Russia’s anti-gay laws, describing the country’s attitude to homosexuality as “very cruel”.

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Section 28 hurt the Tories more than young gay people

During the 15 years in which Section 28 was law, no local authority was prosecuted

Pentecostal pastors are telling HIV positive patients to 'rely on God' instead of taking medication

Pentecostal pastors are reportedly telling HIV positive members of the church to stop using their medication and look to God to heal them instead, doctors are warning.

Ban on NHS staff with HIV carrying out ‘risky’ work to be scrapped

Chief medical officer says advances in virus treatment mean rules are now outdated

Sexual health charities have campaigned for the kits to be regulated

HIV home-testing kits will be available on NHS after law change

Saliva or blood samples can be tested at home using system, which give a positive or negative reading

Britain has become increasingly  open-minded about sex in the past generation but less tolerant of infidelity

More sex please, we’re British (but we still don’t like infidelity)

More commitment to monogamy than a generation ago – but one-night stands are OK

Henry Assumang was charged with two counts of inflicting grievous bodily harm

Man accused of infecting women with HIV virus dies in hospital aged 34

A man accused of infecting two women with the HIV virus has died in hospital.

Michael Jackson pictured in 1983 and Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in 1988: Previously unreleased duets between the two music icons are set to surface

Set for release: The Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury duets from 30 years ago

Three previously unheard duets by music legends Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury recorded in 1983 are set for release in two months' time.

Royal baby: Uncle (Prince) Harry says he'll make sure Prince George 'has fun' - is that a threat or a promise?

Prince Harry has said that his role in the upbringing of his nephew, the royal baby Prince George, will be to “make sure he has fun”.

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