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A nurse is getting dragged for sharing false information on TikTok about sexually transmitted diseases. In a since-deleted TikTok video, “Nurse Holly” claimed the best way to prevent getting an STD is to abstain from sex until marriage.
“Just the truth,” nurse Holly said in the caption of her video.
Viewers were livid.
“If i go to get tested and the nurse tell me i should have waited till marriage SOMEONE is getting knocked tf out,” Twitter user @dumbbitchmargo tweeted.
if i go to get tested and the nurse tell me i should have waited till marriage SOMEONE is getting knocked tf out pic.twitter.com/cVnNENVIBi— margo ♍︎ (@dumbbitchmargo) January 10, 2020
where did this regime of evil tik tok nurses even come from https://t.co/Eccoln6AD2— ♡ snitchery ♡ (@snitchery) January 12, 2020
Though you cannot contract most STDs if you are abstaining from sex, marriage does not protect you from infections and diseases.
Condoms are an effective form of protection. When used correctly, condoms are 98% effective against most STDs.
But there are some STDs that neither condoms nor abstinence can protect from, like herpes, HPV, and syphilis, which can spread through skin-to-skin contact, like during kissing or oral sex. Fortunately, kids can now get vaccinated against HPV, the most common STD, when they are as young as 11, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some people found that saying the best way to prevent STDs is abstinence to be ridiculous. Twitter user @MattLaneWrites likened it to saying the best way to avoid a car accident is to never get in a car.
The actual best way to avoid STDs is never to have sex, regardless of whether you're married.— Matt Lane (@MattLaneWrites) January 13, 2020
The best way to avoid a car accident is never to get in a car.
The best way to avoid a broken heart is never to love anyone or anything.
The best way to avoid failure is never to try. https://t.co/bJMBEQfrYa
Many Twitter users rightly pointed out that abstaining until marriage is not the perfect solution.
Did you know you can still get an STD if you wait until marriage? Hoes be cheating, Nurse Holly, you dumb bitch. https://t.co/iwSmGlKYPb— saltine (@thequeensaltine) January 13, 2020
it's true, people are absolved of all their STDs upon marriage https://t.co/lkE8MCvnLo— Anarcho Doge (@Anarcho_Doge) January 13, 2020
wtf you wait till marriage and then u have sex and then you find your husband has chlamydia and give it to u what happens then lmao https://t.co/6oevDFbmLb— indie (@INDIEWASHERE) January 12, 2020
Many viewers advocated for better sex education, as well as destigmatized, routine STD testing.
“The best way to prevent STIs is to create a culture where people seek regular STI testing and immediate treatment without having to worry about being judged by their medical care providers,” Twitter user @brosandprose wrote.
The best way to prevent STIs is to create a culture where people seek regular STI testing and immediate treatment without having to worry about being judged by their medical care providers. https://t.co/F0it89pA7B— Ella Dawson (@brosandprose) January 12, 2020
Smh... It pains me to see that a fellow nurse genuinely thinks abstinence is realistic and effective... proper sex ed and better access to resources are the best and only ways to prevent STIs from spreading 🤦♂️ https://t.co/qdW68g1jyh— Matt (@mattluvs2tweet) January 13, 2020
Actually the best way to prevent STDs is to actually educate people on sexual well being, know your partners, never trust anyone but yourself, practice safe & get tested regularly.— Taylor ✨💓 (@makeup_withtay) January 11, 2020
Newsflash you can also end up marrying someone with an STD & https://t.co/PPKadkSWWl
Nurse Holly is a devout Christian, according to her TikToks. Some viewers said they felt religion can prevent medical professionals from giving patients the best care.
“If you want to be a medical professional and can’t separate your personal beliefs from providing the best care possible, do us all a favor and DON’T,” Twitter user @Carrie__pink48 wrote.
If you want to be a medical professional and can’t separate your personal beliefs from providing the best care possible, do us all a favor and DONT https://t.co/lEPiMIwtsp— Carrie Logan (@Carrie__pink48) January 13, 2020
Twitter users vented about how TikTok nurses have made them more afraid of medical professionals.
“All they’ve shown me is that they judge you for EVERYTHING you come in for and do it shamelessly by outing themselves on these apps. Get a new career,” Twitter user @AllieLayne5 wrote.
these dumbass nurse tic toks make me never wanna deal with a medical person again because all they’ve shown me is that they judge you for EVERYTHING you come in for and do it shamelessly by outing themselves on these apps. get a new career https://t.co/DEG7cqAn3s— Spaceboss💀🔜MONXX😈🥴🔥 (@AllieLayne5) January 11, 2020
Tik Tok’s biggest effect on me personally has been making me terrified of every single nurse I see. https://t.co/GY458dEk8Q— Sylvia Plath OnlyFans (@saintknives) January 12, 2020
Nurse Holly has deleted the original TikTok. She told BuzzFeed News that she was trying to promote “positivity and healthy lifestyles.”
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Esther Bell is a writer for the Daily Dot. She recently graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, and her work has appeared in Bustle and Teen Vogue.