Interview with Robin, 20, White British, middle class. Women, Risk and AIDS Project, Manchester, 1989. Anonymised version (Ref: AMC17)
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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 Robin, 20, who is at university. She has been with her current boyfriend for two and a half years, but had a serious relationship with an older boyfriend before then, as well as some less serious relationships when she was younger. Her AIDS education has mainly come from the media, which she thought had a fear mongering effect that raised awareness of condom use as protection, but she has also learnt about transmission through electrolysis training. She believes that gay people are most at risk of contracting AIDS, but is aware that anyone is at risk - however, she doesn't consider herself as at risk at present, but would like to know her future sexual partners' sexual history. Robin is using the contraceptive pill as her main form of contraception, which she arranged through her doctor rather than a family planning clinic. She thinks the pill is the most reliable form of contraception, in terms of pregnancy risk, and does not like the idea of the cap or condoms, but would make sure to use condoms in the future. She feels that there is stigma around women carrying condoms and promiscuity.