‘It sends a strong message that sex is scary and eventually they’ll go elsewhere and get the information,’ says Bayley.
Then they add, saucily: ‘But of course they say that if you can remember the 60s you weren’t there!
They rarely, if ever, hugged in front of me, and if ever the subject did come up they zipped their mouths.
It’s true, my mother did thrust a booklet into my hands when I was about 12 which started: ‘The body is built of little bricks, called cells.’ There was a brief page on reproduction which referred to seeds – which I’d only ever seen in small paper packets named Carters – and that was about it.
You can read more about HIV symptoms here, but other than the symptoms that can occur early after infection – seroconversion (when your body is making the antibodies) the symptoms are for the most part, invisible.
In fact some people are HIV positive for years, feeling fit and healthy with no idea they have the virus.