The BBC's documentary on sexual health in Exeter, Unsafe Sex in the City returns to TV screens tonight.
This time round, patient Josh reveals he has had chlamydia before, but its not quite clear whether he has learnt from his past mistakes. And Ash worries that he could have passed on an STI to new boyfriend Jazz.
Within hours of featuring in the first episode on BBC3 last week the sexual health clinic in Sidwell Street received a boost in calls from prospective patients.
The fly-on-the-wall documentary provids an eye-opening insight into what sexual health staff in Exeter deal with on a daily basis.
Over the last five years the number of people seeking the help for STIs has increased by 50 per cent, from 10,000 in the 2008/9 period to 15,640 in 2012/13.
The number of people using the clinic’s contraception service has also increased, with staff at the Exeter clinic seeing about 30,000 patients.
After the first screening, the clinic received a flurry of enquiries about the service.
Dr Jane Bush, contraception lead at the clinic, said the staff were pleased about how they and the clinic were portrayed, though she admitted the patients who agreed to be filmed “aren’t particularly typical”.
“We are pleased about the way the clinic and our services were portrayed,” She said: “We do a lot more complex work than what was shown, that wouldn’t necessarily be appropriate for TV.”
“But it covered the aspect of our work that was shown very well and we felt we came across as a friendly, approachable and accessible which we aim to be.”
Dr Bush admitted that she and her colleagues were feeling a little worried about seeing themselves on television.
“My kids said I looked cool, so this made me feel better,” she added. “It has been a great experience. We all feel delighted to be involved.”
Chlamydia and genital warts continue to be the most common STIs, a trend that is reflected around the country, with around 550 cases in 2008/9 at the clinic which increased to 967 so far in 2012/13., and gonorrhea is seeing the most significant increase over the last year.
“Screening for STIs has become easier in recent years,” Dr Bush continued. “It’s often a case of a simple swab or urine sample rather than a full examination. So more people may be getting tested.
“But gonorrhea is on the increase nationally, it’s a clever bacteria which has become more resistant and we’re seeing more of it imported from abroad.”
The trust features in all six episodes of the series, which air at 9pm on Wednesdays, alongside staff and young people at a clinic in Leeds.