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Chris Olsen tells his 10M TikTok followers he's contracted chlamydia 3 times

TikToker Chris Olsen is using humor — and his platform of nearly 10 million followers — to talk openly about sexual health.

In a recent video post, Olsen, 25, told a hilarious story about going to get a routine STI test, during which he revealed that he’s tested positive for chlamydia three times in the past. (STIs, short for sexually transmitted infections, are transmitted through sexual contact; when left untreated, they can develop into a sexually transmitted disease, or STD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

“So, I’ve had chlamydia three times — end the stigma,” Olsen began the video in a joking tone, referring to the treatable STI that's the most frequently reported bacterial infectious disease in the United States, per the CDC. Then the social media star, who identifies as gay, breezily went on to share that the female nurse who was drawing his blood at the time of his recent visit attempted to try and set him up with her gay son.

“I’m like, 'OK, reel it back, reel it back. What’s his name?'” he said in the video. “Because I know my hacking skills can find this man in a second. As I leave, she tells me his name. When I find this man on Instagram, I found out that he is the ex of one of the men who has ghosted me this past year — and in their story, they’re hanging out.”

The story did have a happy ending, though.

“Anyway, she just called me and I do not have chlamydia, this time, so, little wins!” he said.

Responses to the video have been wide-ranging, with many commenters praising Olsen’s bravery for being open about his STI history without layering it with the stigma, shame and fear that is so often attached to disclosure stories.

Singer-songwriter Jewel even weighed in, writing, “Omg I love you.”

“We love a queen that takes care of themselves!” one another admirer added, referencing Olsen’s message to routinely get tested for STIs.

The truth is that sexually transmitted infections are quite common, with the CDC surmising that "1 in 5" Americans will receive a positive STI diagnosis in their lifetime; other sources, including the Kaiser Family Foundation, put that even higher, estimating that over half of people in the U.S. will have an STI in their lifetime.

Meanwhile, positive cases reached an all-time high for the sixth year in a row in 2019, with more than 2.5 million reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea & syphilis reported that year — and half of all new STI cases found in young adults ages 15 to 24, according to the CDC. Though that took a sizable dip during the pandemic due to social distancing, by the end of 2020 (the most recent stats available), cases of STIs like gonorrhea and syphilis continued to surge. Still, many find the topic too taboo to discuss.

It’s why Olsen’s video is so important, says Jenelle Marie Pierce, board president of the STI Project, an organization that aims to de-stigmatize STIs through sex education, and spokesperson for the dating site Positive Singles. She argues that telling personal stories in such an open, accessible way — with humor, if possible — creates a good model for how young people can have complicated conversations about sexual health.

"What I love most about this video is the casual conversation that's taking place between the influencer and the audience, which is none too different than a typical disclosure conversation," Pierce tells Yahoo Life. "In some ways, it's serious, yes, but it can also be fun and affirming. It's a dialogue where information is shared and decisions are made and then, hopefully, fun is had. What's not to like about that, right?"

Oftentimes, conversations around STI disclosure get "wrapped up in a lot of trepidation, fear, ethics, and morality," she notes. And while some of that fear and shame is unavoidable, what people often forget is that disclosure can be a simple conversation among partners — something which Olsen’s candor demonstrates.

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by Anonymousreply 53January 26, 2023 12:27 AM

Seeing examples of celebrities who are unafraid, unabashed — and, more importantly, responsible — by encouraging their followers to get routine STI tests every "three to six months" if they're sexually active with multiple partners, as per CDC guidelines, matters, especially when it comes to dismantling stigmatizing language around STIs.

"I think it's wonderful to see people with large platforms discussing their chlamydia diagnosis — and there should be even more people talking about it, because we know so many are experiencing this diagnosis," says Pierce. (There were over 1.6 million chlamydia diagnoses in 2021 alone, per the CDC.)

"Unsurprisingly, we don't have a lot of examples to reference," Pierce adds, noting that, historically, public disclosure has had its fair share of criticism, due to stigma and misinformation.

"Anne Heche was essentially blacklisted when she talked about contracting herpes after experiencing sexual assault," Pierce says. "We often only hear about celebrities with genital herpes in conjecture, or after lawsuits have been filed, like in the case of Usher. Jonathan Van Ness shared his HIV-positive status and was applauded for his transparency and authenticity, as he should be," though other celebrities have not fared as well, such as Charlie Sheen.

Still, the impact these celebrities have on their audiences is profound and cannot be understated.

"Some of the most common Google searches are 'celebrities with herpes,' 'celebrities with HIV,' 'celebrities with STDs,' and so on," Pierce, an advocate for reducing STI stigma online, says. "People are desperate to find someone they admire who has had a similar experience because contracting an STI can be one of the most isolating experiences of someone's life."

That is why, she adds, it's so important for people to share their stories.

"It has the power to change someone's entire perception of themselves," she says. "Although celebrities are powerful, and searching for celebrities with STDs is a common search term, it's important not to understate the importance of sharing our individual experiences with people we love and trust. The vast majority of all people contract an STI at some point in their lives which means that someone you know, respect, and love has an STI."

The more we feel comfortable sharing our experiences with one another the more we realize they are shared and we are not alone, she adds.

"You want to approach these conversations from a place of authenticity and vulnerability and sometimes part of being authentic is admitting that you don't know all the answers, or laughing at yourself because it's just an awkward conversation," Pierce says. “That's OK because that shows that you are human, you are relatable, and you are growing and learning with them."

by Anonymousreply 1January 24, 2023 11:39 PM

Whore.

by Anonymousreply 2January 24, 2023 11:47 PM

Hold my beer.

by Anonymousreply 3January 24, 2023 11:55 PM

Damn, he's hot!

But the clamiddia thing is a major turnoff.

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by Anonymousreply 4January 24, 2023 11:58 PM

Oh, wait.

He's gay?

I had no idea.

Here's his ex.

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by Anonymousreply 5January 25, 2023 12:00 AM

Chlamydia cuties.

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by Anonymousreply 6January 25, 2023 12:01 AM

Hot chlamydia slut.

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by Anonymousreply 7January 25, 2023 12:03 AM

Good for him, many of the stigmas related to VD are outrageously old fashioned and based in nothing but pure fear and ignorance. Chlamydia is a bad week, it's not the end of your sex life and it shouldn't be some great shame.

by Anonymousreply 8January 25, 2023 12:33 AM

^^^^ WHORE!

by Anonymousreply 9January 25, 2023 1:03 AM

Never heard of him but good for him for owning up to it

by Anonymousreply 10January 25, 2023 1:07 AM

Has he ever heard of condoms?

by Anonymousreply 11January 25, 2023 1:12 AM

[quote] Has he ever heard of condoms?

Has he ever heard of not being a WHORE?

by Anonymousreply 12January 25, 2023 1:17 AM

No, but he has heard of PrEP, the whore.

by Anonymousreply 13January 25, 2023 1:17 AM

Nice body on him though, despite being a whore.

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by Anonymousreply 14January 25, 2023 1:21 AM

So now we're having to hear from cunts here about a fucking sleaze whore on TikTok?

Away.

by Anonymousreply 15January 25, 2023 1:38 AM

I’m mad as he has a really nice dick.

by Anonymousreply 16January 25, 2023 1:44 AM

Hot body, joli laid face. Very sexy.

by Anonymousreply 17January 25, 2023 1:49 AM

Haha R17.

I'd never heard that expression before, but it does sort of describe Chris.

Oh, by the way, I think the correct spelling of the term is "Jolie Laide."

French term for both good looking and ugly at the same time. Rofl.

by Anonymousreply 18January 25, 2023 1:51 AM

Good for him for coming out about STIs. We really do have a puritanical view of these things. Almost every STI is completely curable these days -often with a single shot or dose of antibiotics. We could end these infections if we ended the stigma, making it easy for everyone to get regular checkups and share the results with their partners.

You don't have to be a whore -or even a slut -to get an infection these days. What purpose does shaming serve?

by Anonymousreply 19January 25, 2023 1:52 AM

His boyfriend looked kinda old Southern crack whorey.

by Anonymousreply 20January 25, 2023 2:00 AM

[quote]The story did have a happy ending

Again and again and again.

by Anonymousreply 21January 25, 2023 2:03 AM

All this POSITIVITY 😷

by Anonymousreply 22January 25, 2023 2:08 AM

I will not google. WHO?

by Anonymousreply 23January 25, 2023 2:13 AM

[quote]Almost every STI is completely curable these days -often with a single shot or dose of antibiotics.

Yes, by all means, go out and get yourself an STI, you dumb whores.

by Anonymousreply 24January 25, 2023 2:13 AM

[quote] All this POSITIVITY 😷

All this POZitivity!

+++++

by Anonymousreply 25January 25, 2023 2:14 AM

Missed your meds, R24? There's a big difference between saying an STI isn't the big deal that it was in the old days and urging people to go out and get infected.

by Anonymousreply 26January 25, 2023 2:25 AM

Dirty, filthy, prostitution whore!

by Anonymousreply 27January 25, 2023 2:29 AM

R26 I wouldn't say that. Many are becoming resistant to treatment. When they aren't caught, they can lead to irreversible health problems. I don't see the value of downplaying catching something. Testing alone won't catch everyone even if everyone was vigilant. Ask porn performers; they'll tell you how there's weekly testing and they still pass shit around. The message should always be too use protection with new partners and yeah, test often (but again, testing alone isn't the answer, -- plus, who wants a Q-tip up their dickhole every week?!)

by Anonymousreply 28January 25, 2023 3:27 AM

Chlamydia is another one to be concerned about and it's at a historic high. Nothing puritan about wanting to avoid something easily preventable with condoms.

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by Anonymousreply 29January 25, 2023 3:30 AM

[quote]plus, who wants a Q-tip up their dickhole every week?

Oooh, Me! Me! Me!

by Anonymousreply 30January 25, 2023 3:35 AM

R30 funny guy. Here's one about Chlamydia and how the default treatment can have failure rates in up to 23% of cases, including rectally. They aren't sure if it's lack of taking the full treatment or that whores just go out and catch it again right after. With protection, no it's not something everyone has to get. I was quite the floozie back in the day and caught nothing. Why? Smart sex.

Just use a damn condom with new fuck buddies you dirty bird.

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by Anonymousreply 31January 25, 2023 3:40 AM

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by Anonymousreply 32January 25, 2023 3:41 AM

Ba ba ba sex positivity 🤡

by Anonymousreply 33January 25, 2023 3:49 AM

His dick is nice and girthy at R14.

Is Chris a top or a bottom?

by Anonymousreply 34January 25, 2023 3:51 AM

3 times by the age of 25 is absolutely insane though. And I’m a huge whore myself (but I also never fuck bareback!)

by Anonymousreply 35January 25, 2023 5:26 AM

[quote] STIs, short for sexually transmitted infections, are transmitted through sexual contact; when left untreated, they can develop into a sexually transmitted disease, or STD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

People need this spelled out for them? Jesus.

by Anonymousreply 36January 25, 2023 5:47 AM

I love when all the PTSDs from the AIDS era, and those who couldn’t get someone to fuck then even if they paid, always show up to tell us how dangerous sex is. Right on cue.

by Anonymousreply 37January 25, 2023 5:48 AM

[quote] Has he ever heard of condoms?

Condoms don’t protect you from every STD, babe.

by Anonymousreply 38January 25, 2023 5:49 AM

Hell, even NOT having sex can't always protect you from getting STIs. From STDCheck.com:

"Things like kissing a loved one or family member, conducting oral, sharing contaminated food, borrowing unclean towels, and more can transmit STDs like chlamydia, herpes, and hepatitis."

by Anonymousreply 39January 25, 2023 6:24 AM

I miss the days when healthcare advice came from trained healthcare professionals, and not from some TikTok cunt ‘ending the stigma’ as a way to feed his own narcissism.

Christ, I’m too old for this world.

by Anonymousreply 40January 25, 2023 6:57 AM

[quote] who wants a Q-tip up their dickhole every week?!)

Wtf when were you last tested R28, 2006?

by Anonymousreply 41January 25, 2023 7:20 AM

[quote] 3 times by the age of 25 is absolutely insane though.

Is it? That’s almost a decade of sexual activity for some gay men. One every 3 or so years isn’t really what any reasonable person would call “insane” lol.

by Anonymousreply 42January 25, 2023 7:28 AM

He’s a cute ‘lil thing. It’s refreshing how today’s generation is so open about sexuality and free from hangups about nudity, even when pursuing a mainstream entertainment career. The boy’s ass is a work of art.

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by Anonymousreply 43January 25, 2023 7:32 AM

And he gave chlamydia to Joshua Bassett!!

by Anonymousreply 44January 25, 2023 7:36 AM

There's some evidence that once you have gotten it, it can be easier to contract in the future.

Gays have learned to get tested frequently. Straight people aren't there yet.

by Anonymousreply 45January 25, 2023 7:40 AM

His generation has never been using condoms. 3 clam infections isn't outrageous for an go-getting slut who is certainly attractive enough to find partners whenever and wherever.

by Anonymousreply 46January 25, 2023 11:23 AM

Wow, R43.

That ass is really spectacular.

No wonder he gets fucked so often.

He just has to find a better quality of sexual partner, if he's getting the clap so much.

by Anonymousreply 47January 25, 2023 4:54 PM

All you old queens calling him a WHORE are simply out of your element. The last time any of you had an STI scare, they were still calling it "The Clap" or "The Consumption."

The boy's got an ass for the ages, and a free spirit to match. He also has good insurance. He is living his best life, even if he's occasionally a vehicle for a treatable infection.

Lighten up.

by Anonymousreply 48January 25, 2023 4:58 PM

I'm changing my name to Chlamydia Abernathy.

by Anonymousreply 49January 25, 2023 5:01 PM

If he continues carrying on without a condom he will eventually not be living his best life and may find himself suffering from an infection that cannot be effectively treated.

by Anonymousreply 50January 25, 2023 5:04 PM

[quote] If he continues carrying on without a condom he will eventually not be living his best life and may find himself suffering from an infection that cannot be effectively treated.

No x. Also did he say he wasn’t using a condom?

by Anonymousreply 51January 25, 2023 7:06 PM

r48 Hi Chris, still humiliating yourself on TikTok for attention?

by Anonymousreply 52January 25, 2023 8:14 PM

Anal sex is great, but do it responsibly.

by Anonymousreply 53January 26, 2023 12:27 AM
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