Check The Number Of Indirect Sexual Partners You've Had
It's important to be aware of your sexual health. Cases of sexually transmitted
infections (STIs) are on the up. Chlamydia alone increased by eight per cent between
2006 and 2008. If you do not practice safe sex you are putting yourself at risk
of contracting an STI.
You may have heard of Six Degrees of Separation. It's the idea that we're all just
six connections away from everyone else on the planet. This is the inspiration for
Sex Degrees of Separation. By answering the questionnaire below we will be able
to calculate the number of indirect (and direct) sexual partners you have had, going
back six degrees of separation.
The calculator is not a diagnostic tool but does highlight how exposed you can be
to STIs if you do not practice safe sex. If you are concerned about your sexual
health you can either talk to your GP, pharmacist or visit your local GUM clinic.
Information regarding a range of sexual health issues can be found via the menu
on the left-hand side of the page.
Obviously, if you are not sexually active or have only one sexual partner who hasn't
had sex with anyone else, you will avoid sexually transmitted infections. Condoms
provide protection from some STIs, but not all. For example, HPV can be spread through
sexual skin-to-skin contact, oral sex and sex toys as well as penetrative sex.
In July 2009 Lloydspharmacy commissioned the polling firm YouGov to ask 6,000 people
over 16 about their sexual behaviour, specifically how many sexual partners they
have had. We then created 17 age ranges and calculated the average number of sexual
partners within each of these ranges.
When you enter the age range of each person with whom you have had sexual intercourse,
the calculator raids its database to work out how many previous sexual partners
people within that age range have had on average. It then repeats this process for
their partners, their partners, their partners, their partners and their partners.
This is added together to give a Sex Degrees of Separation total.
Sex Degrees of Separation is not intended to be a diagnostic tool. It is designed
to give you a rough estimate of the number of indirect sexual partners you may have
had, going back six degrees of separation. It is based on the averages of claimed
sexual partners within 17 different age ranges.