A nurse and TikTok personality is facing backlash after one of her TikTok videos went viral for the wrong reason.
Known as “Nurse Holly” on TikTok, she has gained 1.7 million followers on TikTok through videos about positivity, being a nurse and a Christian. She frequently posts wellness tips while wearing her nurse scrubs.
Recently, Holly posted advice that didn’t go over well with people. In a video uploaded to TikTok, Holly claims the best way to prevent STDs is to wait for sex until marriage.
Holly deleted the video from her TikTok account due to backlash, but the video had already gained legs on other platforms.
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
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
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
Holly’s post drew backlash because abstinence-only education has been proven to be ineffective. Knowing research has proven abstinence-only education to be harmful and that Holly is a medical professional promoting abstinence-only education is worrisome for many people.
It’s terrifying to know that people truly think this way and go into the healthcare field https://t.co/pj3geIV4AO— Florencia (@Florenciasabaoo) January 12, 2020
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
A couple of Twitter users pointed out a major fallacy in Holly’s sex-until-marriage stance.
that awkward moment where hella women contract std's from they cheating husband. https://t.co/RFJKKTsM6O— zahira (@bad_dominicana) January 12, 2020
life hack: If your bf has AIDS and you don't feel like contracting it as well, just get married and you will become automatically immune to all STD's. Happy (postmarital) sexing! https://t.co/UbTyTNgbpN— CHUN! (@sophiaachun) January 13, 2020
It’s a good question.
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
And one nurse went viral for creating a video response to Holly’s TikTok, saying she is violating the nurses’ code of ethics.
So tired of nurses acting a fool on their large platforms. Promoting irresponsible and biased rhetoric regarding public health in an effort to go viral is so low and so so dangerous. Abstinence teaching does not equate to safe sex. So here’s my response 🤷🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/vTlX5KbvCK— Sarah, RN (@shesinscrubs) January 12, 2020
Holly, who did not disclose her last name for privacy, did speak to Buzzfeed about the video and its backlash.
“In the comments, I acknowledged that of course using protection will help prevent STDs if one is sexually active. I just wanted to present another option to my young audience,” she said.”I understand that my voice will not be accepted by many as it’s an unpopular view. This video was simply created with the intention of helping little girls see that saving sex for one partner may have certain benefits.”
And that’s OK, however, it was presented as the only option in the video. And, like this Twitter user points out, abstinence-only isn’t practical.
While abstinence is the only 100% effective method of preventing sexually transmitted infections, it’s not practical for the majority of people.— Evil Twin Barbie (@megaholt) January 13, 2020
We need to normalize testing for STIs for everyone-as that can save lives, much like other screenings do! https://t.co/6iau3zIRwH