The SEX Degrees of Separation: The average Briton has slept with eight people – but 2.8 million INDIRECTLY
Calculator lets you calculate how many people you've indirectly slept withThe average Briton has come into sexual contact with 2.8 million peopleCalculator helps to explain the spread of sexually transmitted infections
14:30 GMT, 11 March 2013
14:42 GMT, 11 March 2013
We are often warned of the dangers of sexually transmitted infections, especially as cases continue to soar.
Now, an astonishing calculator allows you to work out how many people you have directly and indirectly had sex with.
The Sex Degrees of Separation Calculator, from Lloydspharmacy, was created to highlight the dangers of unprotected sex.
For example, it shows that a 30-year-old woman who has had seven male sexual partners has indirectly come into sexual contact with 2,907,947 people.
The Lloydspharmacy Sex Degrees of Separation Calculator allows you to work out how many people you have indirectly had sex with
A 30-year-old woman who has had seven male sexual partners has indirectly come into sexual contact with 2,907,947 people
The calculator asks users to input their age, gender and the number of sexual partners they have had.
It then asks the age and gender of each sexual partner.
When people list the age range of each partner, the calculator uses its database to work out, on average, how many previous sexual partners people within that age range have had.
It then repeats this process for five further 'generations' of partner. Added together, this provides a sex degrees of separation total.
For example, it shows that a 25-year-old man who has had nine female sexual partners has indirectly had sex with 485,051 people.
By contrast, a 45-year-old woman who has had ten male sexual partners has come into sexual contact with 6,324,624 people.
The calculator asks you to input your age, gender and the number of sexual partners you have had
The calculator shows that a 25-year-old man who has had nine female sexual partners has indirectly had sex with 485,051 people
Finally, a 63-year-old man who has had 14 female sexual partners has indirectly had sex with 865,142 people.
The calculator helps to explain why sexually transmitted infection rates are on the rise at a time when the average man claims to have had nine sexual partners while the average woman admits to having had 6.3 lovers.
One reason why younger people may have higher scores than some older people is because of the increased number of sexual partner they have had.
Figures from the Health Protection
Agency show that rates of sexually transmitted diseases are highest in
young adults aged 15-24 years old, accounting for 57 per cent of all new
gonorrhoea diagnoses and 56 per cent of all new genital warts
The calculator helps to explain why sexually transmitted infection rates are on the rise
Cases of 'untreatable gonorrhoea'
have soared by 25 per cent in a year, as experts warn the disease is
becoming more resistant to treatment.
More than 20,000 new cases of the sexually-transmitted infection were diagnosed in 2011.
Furthermore, the number of gay men catching HIV has almost doubled in 20 years because new drugs have encouraged unsafe sex, research suggested.
Between 1990 and 2010, cases rose by 76 per cent due to fewer people using condoms. Experts say this is due to the introduction of antiretroviral drugs that are effective in treating the disease.
During this time there was a 26 per cent increase in the proportion having unprotected sex, according to the study.