Lloydspharmacy Online Doctor Launches Online Sexual Partners Calculator
on: September 30, 2009, 7:30 am
to new research released by Lloydspharmacy, the typical British
adult has slept indirectly with 2,811,024 people*.
leading community pharmacy
chain has developed an online calculator** which allows people
to work out the number of indirect sexual partners they have had.
partners calculator has been developed to help people understand
the risks of unprotected sex. According to the Health Protection
Agency***, cases of sexually transmitted infections rose last
year by 0.5%, to 399,738 and cases of Chlamydia
increased by eight per cent between 2006 and 2008.
average British man claims to have had nine sexual partners while
the average women claims 6.3 partners, giving an overall average
of 7.65. However, as the new calculator demonstrates, they are
potentially exposed to the sexually
transmitted diseases of hundreds of thousands of others.
calculator, which uses data collected from more than 6,000 UK
adults, is called Sex Degrees of Separation, a reference to the
famous theory first proposed by Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy
which states that no one person is more than six steps removed
people enter the age range of each partner, 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 five further ‘generations' of partner. This
is added together to give a Sex Degrees of Separation total.
The launch of the calculator coincides with the introduction of
Lloydspharmacy's Relationship Screen, an online postal service
which allows people and their partners to have a Chlamydia
test - the most common STI in the UK - Gonorrhoea test and
HIV test before committing to full intimacy.
Kerr, head of sexual health at Lloydspharmacy said: "When
we sleep with someone, we are, in effect, not only sleeping with
them, but also their previous partners and their partners' previous
partners, and so on. It's important that people understand how
exposed they are to STIs and take appropriate precautions including
using condoms and getting themselves checked out where appropriate.
simple sexual health test will give both partners in a relationship
peace of mind. The majority of STIs are easy to rectify, but if
left untreated, the long term implications can be very serious."
Sex Degrees of Separation calculator, and more information about
Lloydpharmacy's sexual health services, can be found at online
* Typical profile determined using the Sex Degrees of Separation
algorithm to calculate the Sex Degrees total of a median aged
individual (39 according to ONS). In each case it was assumed
the individual is heterosexual, has had the average number of
sexual partners, that their partners were - at the time - the
same age, and the frequency was equally distributed from 16 to
the median age.
** July 2009 Lloydspharmacy commissioned YouGov to ask 6,000 people
over 16 about their sexual behaviour. 17 age ranges were created
and the average number of sexual partners within each of these
***According to HPA, the number of newly diagnosed STIs in the
country increased among all age groups from 397,909in 2006 to
399,738 in 2008.
Report: ‘Number of new STI episodes seen at genitourinary
medicine clinics by sex, 1999 - 2008.' As of 01.09.09
Lloydspharmacy has around 1,700 pharmacies across the UK. These
are based predominantly in community and health centre locations.
The company employs over 15,000 staff and dispenses more than
133 million prescription items annually.
more information please contact:
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