Has AIDS deterred young people from having casual sex or do they believe it is something that will not impact them?

Most of the emphasis of the campaign to prevent the spread of AIDS has been to change people's sexual behaviour.

'Borderline' takes to the streets of Dublin to find out if people are particularly worried about the spread of AIDS and if attitudes to casual sex have actually changed.

One young man, Frank Rynne, says that most people feel that it won't happen to them.

Most people probably feel that it's not going to affect them in any way.

Others comment,

People are being more careful about who they're with and getting to know them a lot better before they attempt anything, anything sexual at all.

We've got to live with it. I mean our parents had cancer. Their parents had TB. Our disease is AIDS.

One young woman says that the fear of getting pregnant at a young age never stopped people from having sex. She believes that the threat of AIDS will not deter people because they believe that,

It's not going to happen to me.

Another says that the fear of AIDS helps individuals to be more discriminate about their sexual partners.

People are too nonchalant about the whole thing and I hope it will make them just restrain themselves a bit.

This episode of 'Borderline' was broadcast on 14 May 1987. The presenter is Aonghus McAnally. The reporters are Ronan Johnston and Majella Nolan.