Herpes advocate slams MTV for mocking viewers, giving false teachings

MTV prides itself on being a cool, sex-positive network for young people. Hundreds of ideas about sex positivity have been generated by MTV’s reality shows over the years, and the brand has also won four awards for HIV/AIDS-related programming in 2003.

but if you ask tiktokker susanna brusickiewicz About whether MTV lives up to its standards, she would disagree and point to a recent episode ridicule.

inconsistency Running on MTV since 2011 and hosted by comedian Rob Durdeck. Dyrdek, with a rotating cast of hosts, on critics and commentaries viral videos, In one episode, Dierdeck shows one of Brusiekiewicz. TIC Toc where she talks about her diagnosis of shingles but is still “f***ing hot”.

“I knew they would fry me,” said Brusiekiewicz. her reaction video, ,[But] I was hoping the video would reach the people who needed to see it.”

In the episode, the three hosts laugh after Brusiekiewicz says she has two funny facts, one of which is that she has shingles.

“It’s not a fun fact; it’s a scary fact,” the host channel joked.

“And, yes, I’m a superspreader,” Dierdeck said, pretending to be Brusiekiewicz.

“I was so blown away when I heard what was said at the end,” Brusiekiewicz told In the Know. “All it did was perpetuate the stigma that people with shingles or any STIs already suffered.”

Genital herpes, one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs), has a huge stigma surrounding it. slatewritten about How Shingles Became This “Sexual Boogeyman”, In the 1980s traced the height of herpes hysteria. At the time, media outlets were covering the panic around STIs – Time Even Herpes is referred to as “The New Scarlet Letter“—and, as it coincided with the height of AIDS, it was the first time Americans realized there were health risks from casual sex.

But now it is possible to treat shingles. half a billion people around the world it is. there are There are medicines and tips people can use to reduce the chances of spreading it. to his colleagues. The CDC also doesn’t advise people to get tested for shingles. unless they first have physical symptoms.

Despite the available treatments, ringworm still has that “scarlet letter” stigma today. People like Brusikiewicz are working to destroy it – not only for the benefit of patients’ mental health but also because the stigma prevents many people from disclosing it to sexual partners.

“For all sexually transmitted infections, it is very easy for women to become infected, and that’s because our tissues are so delicate,” said Dr., a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University. Hilda Hutcherson, told NPR, “I think there’s a lot of guilt and shame when it comes to talking about sex and sex.”

inconsistency Not a tedious show for MTV. In 2020, several publications observed that inconsistency The majority of MTV’s original programming is composed. K. John Gonzalez AV Club saw 36 hour marathon inconsistency in august 2020, Diversityof Michael Schneider and Kate Arthur inconsistency was for 113 out of 168 hours of MTV programming in June 2020.

For inconsistency Mocking Brusiekiewicz’s herpes diagnosis directly contradicts the sex-positive branding that MTV has built up for itself over the years—especially since MTV promotes the show so heavily.

,[Herpes] Nothing new, and it has nothing to do with involvement,” Brusiekiewicz said. “Insel and Red Pill cultures like to tag a woman who finds her desirable, attractive and who knows her as a problem.”

It took Bruskiewicz more than a year from her diagnosis to become more open about having herpes. In addition to telling her colleagues, it was a secret that she admitted that she sometimes felt suicidal.

“Once I educated myself more and started to remove the stigma, I worked on getting my confidence back,” she said. “If talking about herpes and how hot I am still with it can help people get out of that dark place or avoid it altogether – then I won’t stop any time soon.” “

brusickiewicz TIC Toc Filled with informative videos and dismissive responses to trolls, who try to shame them for being so public about having herpes.

In The Know, Brusikiewicz . a few weeks after talking to took to tiktok to announce production company that operates inconsistency Finally contacted him. The production company is separate from MTV.

A representative for the production company said in a voicemail, “I understand that you have concerns with the clip that you have licensed us to use on the show.” “We’re going to remove this clip from the show so it won’t air anymore.”

But Brusikiewicz was not interested in removing the clip. she knew what she was doing when she allowed inconsistency to access his videos. Instead, she wanted the show to have a bigger conversation about STIs.

“My intention from the very beginning was to reach out to the audience…beyond TikTok,” she said in the video. “But calling someone a ‘superspreader’ was a far cry. … My complaint is still with MTV because they, as a network, promote themselves as being sex positive, and allow such content. Was really irresponsible to shame people for having a very common virus.”

Ella Dawsonan author and sex culture critic, Goes Viral for TEDx Talk About Having Shingles in 2016 and talked a lot about how shingles is “a very common virus”. Brusikiewicz credits Dawson with having first herpes lawyer She was exposed after her diagnosis.

“Telling someone you have an STI shouldn’t be brave or shocking,” Dawson said. “It should be normal and boring. … An STI, especially herpes, is not a reflection of your character or the result of a bad judgment. It’s the inevitability of being a human on this planet that makes skin contact with other humans.” I come.”

For more information on STIs and advocates to follow on Instagram, Brusiekiewicz recommends that In the Know readers check out the following accounts:

Shana Singletonco-founder of : herpes can never beWriter and producer.

Amber Sprat Jonesco-founder of : herpes can never be and life coach.

coach belize: life coach.

alma mai, beauty and lifestyle influential person,

Araik Tashay: content creator.

Christopher Pickering: fitness influential person,

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. you a. can also join crisis text line Counsel by writing “words” at no chargeHouse” to 741741. Visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to learn more warning signs of suicidal ideationand check out Jade Foundation’s Online Mental Health Resource Center,

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