Teens Below the Belt
First Broadcast on Thursday 30th October, 9pm Channel 4
In the final episode of this series, the doctors were on a mission to tackle a national crisis. With British teenagers having the worst sexual health in Western Europe, STIs are an increasing problem. The doctors hit the streets of Manchester during freshers week to find out what a first taste of freedom is doing to a generation of young adults.
The doctors also brought back a number of patients to catch up on how their treatments were progressing, whilst Dr Christian reported back on the amazing response to our Am I Normal? guides.
Through the clinic doors first is 18-year-old Rhiona, who has a bladder problem that has left her baffled. Dr Dawn conducts a urine test and discovers traces of blood and protein in her wee, but not at levels that should cause the level of discomfort she’s experiencing. Dawn thinks the real problem might lie elsewhere…a condition called paruresis, or shy-bladder
Back on campus, Dr Pixie launches her Britain’s Got STIs campaign, raising awareness about the looming teenage sexual health crisis. Young people account for over half of all new sexually transmitted infections in the UK and Dr Dawn is hitting the streets to target the No. 1 STI today – chlamydia. Untreated it can lead to permanent damage to the body including infertility in men and women.
Dr Dawn also demonstrates the new approaches being taken to tackle sexual and personal health, including a vending machine that provides free condoms and chlamydia test kits to those who can’t face entering the clinic.
18-year-old Onitha’s story demonstrates that being young doesn’t guarantee anyone an easy pregnancy. After a long and painful labour, followed by an emergency delivery, Onitha suffered a horrific tear down below. Dr Christian inspects the damage and recommends some reconstructive surgery to repair the wound.
The final case of the day involves 19-year-old Lindsay, whose enlarged labia has knocked her confidence and caused pain and discomfort during sex. Following a consultation, Lindsay is referred for a labiaplasty to reduce the pain.
With another week of body battling drawing to a close, there is just time enough for Dr Christian to make a final effort to get British teens more aware of their sexual health risks. With some of Britain’s brightest minds on campus, will they be able to pass Christian’s condom challenge?
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The ETB team would like to thank:
Dr Michael Brady, Kings College Hospital & Camberwell Sexual Health Centre
Mr Julian Shah – Consultant Urologist at University College Hospital
Dr Sunil Chopra
Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence
Dr Angelica Kavouni
Medi+Vend Condom Kiosk
Val Edward-Jones, Professor of Medical Microbiology, Manchester Metropolitan University
Lynda Hudson – Hypnotherapist
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