Interview with Fiona, 17, White British, working class, Roman Catholic. Women, Risk and AIDS Project, Manchester, 1989. Anonymised version (Ref: BYC04)
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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 Fiona, 17, who has a daughter and works a Saturday job. She learnt about AIDS through school, her youth club, her mum and from TV. She has had a few sexual relationships, but her first sexual debut was with her boyfriend at the time, which resulted in pregnancy. She had intended to go on the pill the day that she had her first intercourse, but the family planning clinic was closed by the time she got there! She had never considered having an abortion. Fiona would like to use condoms in any future sexual relationships, but is unsure whether male partners would be likely to want to use them. Protection is framed by pregnancy risk, rather than AIDS. She has some contradictory feminist views on gender and sexuality. She feels much more responsible, and less of a risk-taker, now that she has a child, and is quite optimistic about continuing her education in the future, perhaps working towards a career in social work.