Sex Degrees of SeparationWednesday, September 23rd, 2009
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According to a recent study, the average UK adult has had ‘indirect sex’ with over 2.8 million people.
The claim has been made by Lloyds Pharmacy after the launch of their ‘Sex Degrees of Separation calculator‘, which works out the number of indirect (and direct) sexual partners a person has had, going back six degrees of separation.
The tool has been made available to help spread awareness of the risks associated with unprotected sex and the speed at which sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be spread.
In order to calculate a person’s number, users are asked to enter the age of each of the sexual partners they’ve had. The data taken from 6,000 British adults is then used to work out the average number of partners, people of those ages have had. This process is then repeated five further times to come up with a person’s six degrees of sexual separation.
Clare Kerr, head of sexual health at Lloydspharmacy commented: “When we have sex with someone, we are, in effect, not only sleeping with them, but also their previous partners and their partners’ previous partners, and so on. “It’s important that people understand how exposed they are to sexually transmitted diseases and take appropriate precautions including using condoms and having checks when necessary.”
It’s also been revealed that the average Brit has 7.65 direct sexual partners in their lifetime.
Here’s a link to Lloyds Pharmacy’s Sex Degrees of Sexual Separation Calculator.