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 interview with Ira, who is hoping to go to university to study psychology. She goes into some detail about the sexual abuse she received when she was younger, and how she now often uses humour to deal with the residual feelings she has around sex because of this. Ira had been quite disruptive at school, but settled into sixth form after opening up about her experiences and being offered support. She has had some sexual relationships since her childhood, but hasn't managed to enjoy them that much. She's hoping this will improve in the future in better established relationships. Ira is quite ambivalent about using contraception, but does recognise the risks, and has her own stash of condoms in her bedroom - she thinks she will go on the pill if she is in a serious relationship. Sex education at her mixed school was good, though quite basic. Ira would like marriage and children in the future, but would like a career first.