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 Laura and Rachel, who went to an all girls' school together and are both training to become painters and decorators. They were both happy with the level of sex education they'd received at school, though Rachel already knew quite a lot through conversations with her mother. Laura is engaged, and Rachel has been with her current partner for a couple of weeks, but they are already very close. Rachel has been proposed to several times, but has found her previous partners to be too possessive. Neither are having sexual relationships at the moment - they would like to wait until they feel ready, and are struggling to find somewhere private enough to go. Both have unfortunately experienced sexual assault, but both seem to have found relationships with kind, understanding partners and have supported each other throughout. Laura and Rachel would both like marriage and children in the future, but would like careers first. They liken AIDS to cancer, but do acknowledge that cancer is not contagious or contracted through sexual activity.