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Nurse’s Video About Waiting Until Marriage For Sex Goes Viral For All The Wrong Reasons

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The social media platform TikTok is host to some hilarious content that gets spread instantly, but it’s also got some truly cringe-worthy videos that fans love to hate. And speaking of spreading instantly, a nurse’s video about preventing sexually-transmitted infections has made the rounds on social media after it was branded “irresponsible” content — especially coming from someone who works as a health professional.

A creator called “Nurse Holly” on TikTok, posted a video in pink scrubs wearing a stethoscope around her neck and a high pony-tail to claim that “The best way to prevent STD’s is waiting for sex until marriage,” writing it’s “just the truth.” The nurse has also posted videos about how it’s important for girls to “think carefully before kissing a bunch of boys” and how “a whole lot of Jesus” can help your stress and anxiety. Nurse Holly has amassed 1.7 million followers on TikTok.

But the abstinence-only approach to teaching STD preventions has incited a response from other nurses and health professionals who believe that promoting “waiting for sex until marriage” without giving other tips for preventing STD’s (like condom use and getting tested frequently) is doing a disservice to her followers.

“Nurse Sarah,” another RN on TikTok posted a response video where she said, “Spreading false info on public health is irresponsible. It’s unprofessional and your bias goes against the nursing code of ethics.” On Twitter, she wrote, “Promoting irresponsible and biased rhetoric regarding public health in an effort to go viral is so low and so so dangerous.”

@HoodRatDiego, who also posted a TikTok wearing scrubs, wrote, “Did you know that one of the best ways to prevent STIs is to stop stigmatizing them so people feel comfortable talking about them? While abstinence is a valid way to prevent the spread of STIs, more comprehensive education on the full spectrum of options available is important. Creating a safe space for people to talk about their intimate history, being nonjudgmental, and actually attempting to be helpful is best practice in healthcare.”

Others rightfully pointed out that in cases like sexual abuse, waiting until marriage isn’t an option. We like to see people banding together to make sure that someone who is using their platform to spread misinformation is getting pushback.

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