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Three days after New York City health officials alerted the public about a rare, drug-resistant strain of HIV that develops into full-blown AIDS in a matter of months, some researchers and HIV prevention organizations are questioning whether the city's announcement was premature.

Project Inform, a San Francisco-based HIV treatment advocacy group, released a statement calling it "premature to conclude that this event represents evidence of a 'superbug' or a particularly virulent strain of HIV." The group also concluded that more research needs to be done to back up claims made by health commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden and others during last Friday's press conference in lower Manhattan.

PlanetOut

The Czech Republic's parliament has voted to reject a bill offering same-sex couples similar rights to married heterosexual partners.

According to Agence France-Presse, MPs voted against the bill, which would have allowed same-sex couples the right to officially register their partnership.

In a similar package to the UK's Civil Partnerships legislation, couples would have been given inheritance rights as well as next of kin access. However, the bill would have blocked adoption rights.

It is not the first time that some of the newer members of the EU have attempted to update their gay rights policies. Poland has also called for more rights to be given to lesbian and gay couples looking to register their unions. However, the staunchly Catholic country has been criticised by Polish native Pope John Paul II for discussing the idea.

Gay.com

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