This nurse is getting dragged for sharing false information about STDs on TikTok

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.

 

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.

 

Many Twitter users rightly pointed out that abstaining until marriage is not the perfect solution.

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.

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.

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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.

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

Esther Bell

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.