BBC3 takes a frank look at how a sexual health clinic operates in Manchester. Following a number of young people as they go through the process of testing, waiting, getting results and then if needed getting treated. Mixing true life stories and high quality sexual health advice this show has the power to do some good. Revealing some shocking attitudes in the youth. Especially in regards to condom use. By both males and females. Plus the voice over guy has some great one liners. You can see the shows official page here and if you live outside the UK and want to watch this show have a quick look at TunnelBear .
"I love dripping willies,
because then you know what they have"
Possibly one of the most shocking attitudes in the show came from Courtney. This 17 year old claims to have had with 33 sexual partners, lost her virginity at 12 years old and is aiming to sleep with at least 7 people in the next 3 months. her Mum is exasperated by the risks her daughter is taking by consistently not using condoms and getting drunk and going back to strange lads house.
Quotes from Courtney
"I don't use protection because it don't feel as good."
"If I'm gonna do it, I'm gonna do it"
After a STI scare when asked if she will now use protection.
"I will try and use it a lot more, I can't say for definite coz you know"
Her risk taking is huge, both with STIs and physical dangers of being drunk and going home with complete strangers alone. Sadly she seemed to relish in the possible self destruction and risks she is taking.
This show has great potential for raising the profile of sexual health issues, my fear is that the show will normalise/validate some of the less then healthy attitudes expressed by the people on the show. Their risk taking is huge! The sexual health clinic staff are awesome and good at challenging the attitudes but not sure if it is enough. I can't wait to watch the next episode next Wednesday. I think this is good information being spread in a relevant format for our culture.
#unsafesexinthecity became a trending topic on twitter and it was interesting to read that most of the comments were very judgmental and even aggressive towards the people on the show. Only Tim seemed to get any sympathy but even Tim got some abuse. I have selected some tweets from the stream of comments.
#unsafesexinthecity ''They rip it off me it's not my fault'' oooooh yeaaah course, hope you get aids.
— One Direction♥. (@HeyItsSabs) October 24, 2012
#unsafesexinthecity That dickhead had no diseases, it'd serve him right if he did.
— Lauren (@_Lolls) October 24, 2012
What did he expect having sex without a condom and being an escort...? #unsafesexinthecity
— Luisa Gottardo (@lu1820) October 24, 2012
That girl that said she never uses protection is rank! #slag #unsafesexinthecity
— sarah (@sarahkaywild) October 24, 2012
Of all the comments I was most worried about this.
if i got told i was HIV positive, your basically telling me i might aswell commit suicide #UnsafeSexInTheCityIt shows a fundamental misunderstanding that HIV in the UK is a death sentence. That is an outdated attitude from the 80s. HIV should be seen as a serious life long condition not a death sentence. Hopefully this will be addressed in future episodes.
— hi chanda :D (@CHANDA__) October 24, 2012