In the United Kingdom, the average number of lovers a person has had in their lifetime is 9. But using the 6 degrees of separation theory, the average person has ‘indirectly slept with’ 3,917,918 other people.
This number can mean trouble for those who don’t take the proper precautions when hooking up. If you’re not using condoms, the chances of your body contracting a serious STI (sexually transmitted infection) skyrockets! Every new partner raises your risk of catching conditions like chlamydia, which can cause pain, burning and lead to infertility if left untreated.
“It’s not just your direct partners that you have to worry about, but your partners’ partners, and their partners’ partners, and so on. They are indirect sexual connections.” explains Dr. Gigi Taguri.
Intercourse isn’t the only way to catch these diseases either. Even skin-to-skin contact or oral action can lead to genital herpes and warts. According to a new study, over 53% of people say they have been lax about using protection when hooking up, especially if alcohol is involved. And 1 in 6 people say they don’t bother getting regularly tested for STIs, as they don’t see the point.
You can find out how many people you have indirectly slept with by using this calculator. The best way to prevent potentially dangerous infections is to always use condoms and get routinely tested for STIs.
What are your thoughts? Did this calculation shock you?