Most of us are aware, at least roughly, of how many people we’ve had sex with – but what about all the people you’ve indirectly had sex with?
That means all the people who your partners had sex with before they met you – and their partners’ partners.
Be warned: the number can be very, very large, into the millions.
There’s a serious point, of course – it’s about highlighting the importance of testing for STIs.
Lloyds Pharmacy says, ‘We’ve calculated how many people your partners are likely to have slept with before you. Then we calculated your partners’ partners, and their partners’ partners, and so on – for just six degrees. This number illustrates how exposed you can be to STIs, and how important safe sex is.
‘But even when using condoms, you’re still at risk from STIs such as warts and herpes, and you may already be carrying a symptomless STI, so it’s safest to get tested after each new partner.’