Interview with Diane, 16-17, White British, working class. Women, Risk and AIDS Project, Manchester, 1989. Anonymised version (Ref: NMC02)
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This interview is part of the Women, Risk and Aids Project (1989-90) archive which was created as part of the Reanimating Data Project (2018-20).
Anonymised transcript of an interview with Diane, who is at college and would like to go into nursing. Her school provided sex education within science lessons, but she feels it was quite comprehensive and adopted a realistic, rather than biological, approach. Homosexuality and masturbation was covered, though it largely focused on male sexuality. She had learnt a lot about sex and relationships from her mum, who she is very close with. Diane learnt about AIDS through the news and television, and is quite knowledgeable about it from a social and political perspective. In term of her own potential risk, she would use condoms with future sexual partners, as well as using the pill. She thinks there is a prevalent attitude among her peer group that AIDS 'won't happen to them'. She is in a serious, long-term relationship, but would like to wait until she feels ready to have first intercourse, though she has engaged in other sexual activities with her current partner. She doesn't feel under much pressure to lose her virginity.