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 Nicola, who is working in admin. Nicola thinks that her most important relationship is with the person she first had sex with. She had been quite scared during her first sexual experience, but soon started to enjoy it. She had been to the doctor to arrange contraception a few weeks beforehand, and had been using the pill. Nicola is seeing someone at the moment, but he has another girlfriend and Nicola isn't too sure if she is comfortable with this anymore. She has quite a close relationship with her mother, though her mother is quite possessive sometimes - Nicola is the youngest out of a large number of siblings, and the only one still living at home. She's trying to gain some more independence. She had been brought up in a Roman Catholic family, but doesn't practice religion and doesn't think it has influenced her views on relationships and sexuality at all. Her sex education at school was very limited, and most of it came from an older sister. AIDS education was through television shows, and Nicola is more worried about pregnancy than she is about AIDS. Her male peers don't seem to concerned about it either - she thinks that this is a display of masculinity. Nicola would like children at some point in the future, and otherwise is hoping to get a promotion at work soon.