YFC party in TV sex-health show
A FOAM party in Mid Devon is to feature in a fly-on-the-wall BBC documentary about young people's attitudes to relationships, sex and sexual health.
The event, organised by the Devon Young Farmers' Club, will form one of the main storylines in the third episode of BBC Three series Unsafe Sex in the City tomorrow night at 9pm.
Young farmers were filmed at the party at East Knowstone, near Rackenford, where sexual health specialists from the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust were on hand to carry out chlamydia tests, give out condoms and leaflets and pass on advice.
The trust features in all six episodes of Unsafe Sex in the City – which are shown on Wednesdays at 9pm – alongside staff and young people at a clinic in Leeds.
Each episode follows a few young individuals in the area who have been to the clinic to be checked out and marks their journey while they wait for their results.
Nick Creasy, county organiser for the young farmers' club, invited the clinic staff to the event to help raise awareness of sexual health among the young-farmer community.
Nick, who has undertaken sexual health training himself, said: "I have always been keen to promote responsible attitudes towards sexual health among our members and have done this in a range of ways, including giving out information and condoms and working with other partners.
"I decided to contact the sexual health service ahead of this event because I thought it would be an excellent way to spread the message further.
"Their stand in the marquee attracted a great deal of interest and a number of our members went away with a much clearer picture about STIs, contraception and other sexual health issues.
"We would be very keen to work with the sexual health specialists at events like this in the future."
The trust staff who attended are based at the GU medicine and sexual health clinic in Sidwell Street, Exeter. Dr Sophia Davies, consultant in sexual health and HIV medicine, was joined at the event by associate specialist Dr Rachel Amherst and healthcare assistant Becky Mercer.
Dr Davies said: "The party offered us a great opportunity to raise awareness of sexual health among young people and promote our clinics across Devon.
"A number of members took tests for chlamydia and helped to raise awareness about one of the most commonly diagnosed STIs, particularly in young people.
"We were impressed by the club's commitment to raising awareness of sexual health and would be very interested in working with them again."
The trust also runs GU medicine and sexual health clinics in Tiverton, Exmouth, Barnstaple, Ilfracombe and Bideford, as well as contraception clinics in Okehampton, Holsworthy and Torrington.