Recently I contacted Channel 4 about a lack of resources regarding sexual health in Northern Ireland after watching Embarrassing Bodies. Since my initial email there has been correspondence backwards and forwards with them. This morning, I thought that we had a breakthrough. Although their site producer has confirmed that,
under the Sexual Health section of our support page, (www.channel4.com/support) a link has been added for information on GUM clinics in Northern Ireland.
this does not actually answer my original point. I have since emailed back and reiterated that on the Embarrassing Bodies Risk Checker there is no information regarding Northern Ireland when there is about England, Scotland, and Wales. See the screenshot below.
I hope that they will be able to rectify the situation and do so promptly. There is advice on their support pages, but it seems crazy not to add it here. I hope this is not another occasion of having to say, “Yoo hoo, Northern Ireland is over here.” (see post on Liberal Democrats in Northern Ireland).
I am sure that there will be some people wondering why I am doing this, but it is quite simply because Channel 4 is a broadcaster to the United Kingdom, it states on the site that it has included links for the UK but it does not. While the counties of Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, and Tyrone still form Northern Ireland, a constituent part of the United Kingdom, we have a right to be treated as anyone from counties such as Bedfordshire, Ceredigion, or Lanarkshire.
I have also asked that on the support page they add a link to Northern Ireland’s only HIV-specific support charity, Positive Life, as THT does not really operate here.