A young nurse with a massive social media following is facing backlash for telling young people that abstinence is the best way to avoid getting STDs.
The young woman goes by the name Nurse Holly on the social media platform TikTok. Recently, she created a short video for her 1.7 million followers about the health benefits of waiting to have sex, according to the Daily Wire.
Her message was simple: “The best way to prevent STDs is waiting for sex until marriage. Just the truth.”
Though it is the truth, she quickly was inundated with nasty comments, accusing her of “shaming” people with “biased rhetoric” about sex. Another young nurse even claimed Holly’s video was “dangerous.”
“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,” a woman identifying herself as Sarah, RN responded on Twitter.
Another self-identified RN named Diego admitted that Holly was correct about abstinence but criticized her anyway.
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“Did you know that one of the best ways to prevent STIs is to stop stigmatizing them so people feel comfortable talking about them?” Diego said in response. “While abstinence is a valid way to prevent the spreading of STIs, more comprehensive education about the spectrum of options available is important. … Most importantly: STOP SHAMING PEOPLE AND BE A DECENT HUMAN BEING.”
BuzzFeed News reports Holly deleted the video and apologized as a result of the backlash. She said she did not mean to shame anyone.
She told the news outlet that she made the video to help young girls understand that “there can be benefits of saving sexuality for one partner.”
“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.
Holly is correct. Abstinence is the most obvious and effective way to protect oneself from STDs. Meanwhile, the nation’s largest abortion and sex education provider is the group actually peddling dangerous messages about sex.
On its website, Planned Parenthood brags about being the leading provider of sex education in the U.S. Among its worst teaching points, Planned Parenthood tells children that promiscuity is ok. “There’s nothing bad or unhealthy about having a big number of sexual partners,” it tells students on its Tumbler page. Planned Parenthood’s booklet for HIV-positive youth, “Healthy, Happy and Hot,” also tells young people that it is their “human right” to not tell their partner that they have HIV.