This interview is part of the Women, Risk and Aids Project (1989-90)
archive which was created as part of the Reanimating Data Project
Original transcript of an interview with Helen. She fell pregnant at age 16 and now has a daughter, but is no longer in a relationship with her child's father as they both struggled with the pressure of parenthood at a young age. The pregnancy was planned, but she recognises that it was an attempt to maintain their relationship. She is planning on going back to college when her daughter is in nursery. Helen talks about her first sexual debut with an older man who she thought she was in love with. She had asked him to use a condom, but found it difficult to negotiate this when he had said no. Since this encounter, she has become much more confident in navigating these conversations in sexual relationships, especially since learning more about AIDs, which she is especially worried about. She has had a difficult relationship with her mother, but it seems much better now. Sex education at school was good and covered different attitudes as well as the biological aspects, though she learnt a lot about the gay community through her upbringing with gay women. Helen and her daughter live in a flat in London, but she thinks the area is 'a dump' and gets a lot of stick from black women in the community for having a mixed-race child.