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Sep. 23 2009 - 9:49 am | 74 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

Sex degrees of separation: are you an STI magnet?

Kiss on a bike Or Sex in the city (of London) ...

Image by Steve Punter via Flickr

If you’re starting to feel uncomfortable with your one-night-stand count, consider that the average British man or woman has slept with 2.8 million people.

À la Kevin Bacon, that is. In a bid to raise awareness about sexually transmitted illnesses, Lloyds Pharmacy, a UK chain of drug stores, has launched a Sex Degrees of Separation program. The idea is (obviously) inspired by the philosophy that we’re all just six connections away from one another. In this case, six very sexy connections.

Lloyds has launched an online calculator, where you can determine how many sexual links you’ve got to your fellow citizens, to emphasize your potential exposure to STI’s if you don’t practice safe sex. Even if you’re all up on the condoms, check it out.

I always considered myself somewhat of a prude. But not according to Lloyds: apparently, I’ve had indirect sexual relations with over 36,000 people. Time for a shower and a blood test.


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