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Chapter 13

Methodological Issues in Researching Young Women’s Sexuality

Janet Holland, Caroline Ramazanoglu, Sue Scott, Sue Sharpe and Rachel Thomson

The Women, Risk and AIDS, Project1 was conceived in the late 1980s when fear of AIDS in the UK was escalating. Public concern focused on contamination by members of high-risk groups—homosexual (and bisexual) men, injecting drug users, sex workers, and those who had been treated with blood containing HIV in the early stages of the epidemic. The key policy issue was that of containing the risky few, in order to protect the innocent public. Most women were considered to be innocent of AIDS and to have a low risk of infection. Reports from parts of Africa, the USA and elsewhere, however, made it clear ...

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