Interview with Jane, 23, White British, working class, Roman Catholic. Women, Risk and AIDS Project, Manchester, 1989. Anonymised version including fieldnotes (Ref: BYC08)
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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 Jane, 23, who has two children and works part-time in a pub. Her first pregnancy was unplanned, but she had not been using contraception, either. She had her first child when she was 19. She only really knew about the pill, which she couldn't take due to a history of heart disease in her family. Jane had heard about contraceptive devices like the cap, but was too embarrassed to go to her doctor due to (religious) stigma around sex before marriage - she had planned on staying a virgin until she was married. She is now using the coil. Jane went to a Catholic school, and has a pro-life attitude towards abortion, so had not considered it as an option. Her school provided sex education on sexual intercourse and periods. AIDS had been learnt about through TV programmes, and only caused her worry with regard to blood transfusions rather than in the context of a sexual relationship, but does understand AIDS protection through condom use. She thinks those at risk are those who engage in casual sex - she has only had one sexual partner, her husband, and does not plan on having anymore. She learnt about STIs through friends and a youth club.