Do you know how many sexual partners you have been exposed to?
A new Sexual Exposure Calculator is helping us determine how many sexual partners we have been indirectly exposed to within six degrees of connection.
According to the calculator, if you have had sex with 9 people and if those 9 people have had sex with at least 9 other people, then you have been indirectly exposed to at least 597,870 partners. That is the equivalent of sleeping with the entire population of Milwaukee, WI!
A study published last year in the Archives of Sexual Behavior, found that millennials are on pace to sleep with an average of eight partners during their lifetimes, fewer than Generation X (10 partners) and the baby boomers (11 partners).
The calculator’s creator DrEd.com, writes:
In the calculator below, the number of people you’ve been exposed to within six degrees of connection is calculated. Input the number of direct partners you have had and how many partners you estimate each of those partners has had before you to see the true scale of your sexual exposures throughout six degrees.
Other recently published calculators make assumptions about the sexual history of your partners and their number of contacts. However, this can produce exaggerated results and an inflated number of indirect exposures. Our calculator allows you to select your own estimate of the average number of partners that your partners have had before you. As graphed above, the exponential behaviour of this situation is revealed. That is, your sexual exposure grows exponentially with the number of partners that your partners have had. This is further compounded by the number of people that you have slept with directly, the latter of which is revealed by the various lines on the graph.
Even if you and all of your partners have only single-digit numbers of direct sexual partners, this can quickly add up to hundreds of thousands of indirect exposures – a number that more than justifies taking precautions. Remember: Just one exposure is all it takes to contract a sexually transmitted infection, but correct usage of protection such as condoms can stop a transmissible infection in its tracks. If you aren’t using condoms, it’s all the more important to know your status with regular STI tests.
Given the sheer number of sexual exposures that many of us will face throughout our lives, taking an active role in your personal health and wellness is more important than ever. At DrEd.com, we offercwith medical professionals on a variety of sexual health concerns such as sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Several STI tests are available as well as numerous discreet treatment options, including Chlamydia treatment and Herpes medication. All of this is available from the privacy of your own home. Visit DrEd.com today to find out how you can look out for your health, both now and in the future.