Unsafe Sex in the City
Unsafe Sex in the City was filmed within Manchester Centre for
Sexual Health, going behind the scenes of one of the country's
busiest sexual health centres. The series of four, hour-long
episodes illustrates many of the challenges and triumphs that the
staff face daily with their patients and provides a snapshot of
some of the important work that the clinic does. It follows the
stories of several patients who attended the clinic, with concerns
and/or symptoms of a range of sexual health issues ranging from
Chlamydia to HIV, demonstrating the emotional concerns that come
with all sexual health issues.
We decided to get involved in the project to help promote a safer
sex message to 16-30 year olds, the target audience of BBC3 and
most of the patients we filmed with were from this age group. From
recent reports, it is this age group that has seen the biggest
increase in sexually transmitted infections in Britain, an increase
that many are referring to as an epidemic.
Our aim is to encourage people to practice safe sex, be screened
regularly and dispel some of the sexual health myths. We're hoping
that the series will be a huge success and entertaining, in order
to engage with the target group, yet educational.
All four episodes have now been broadcast, receiving over 1
million viewers per episode. You can still watch clips and
find information on the BBC3 website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01ms3hs/episodes/guide
Reviews from Unsafe Sex in the City:
"There's a good mix with regards to sexual orientation and race.
And the show does a great job of finding the right balance of
humor, education and drama……Unsafe Sex in the City is my favorite
new show of the year. We need more of this, especially in the
States. It airs on BBC3, Wednesday evenings at 9pm."
"BBC3's behind-the-scenes look at a Manchester sexual
health clinic is hopefully making for an effective
public-information film - once you get beyond the ewww factor, the
serious consequences of unprotected sex are clearly apparent."
The Guardian 29/10/12
"Unsafe Sex in the City was a very informative documentary that
I believe should be aired in high schools as part of sex education
classes as it really demonstrates the realities of unprotected sex.
…Ultimately though this programme is carrying out an invaluable
service namely to demonstrate what can happen if you don't use all
the protection that is available to you and to that end I do feel
that certain parts of it should be shown to youngsters as part of
their sexual education." UNREALITYPRIMETIME
"For me the best part of the programme is seeing how the staff
are professional and friendly. I really hope and believe that this
programme will help increase the number of people going as now they
have an idea what will happen. The mystery of sexual health clinics
keeps so many people from darkening their doors until it is really
bad. Even when breaking the worse news possible they stay
professional, friendly and nonthreatening."