Sex Degrees of Separation is a tool that calculates how many people you indirectly expose after having a condomless sex. The virtual calculator serves as a warning about the risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STD). The UK pharmacy network Lloyds Pharmacy has developed the calculator to illustrate how the chances of being infected with STDs increase considerably when there is no protection during sex. The site data was obtained from various surveys conducted with sexually active people in the UK.
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According to the Ministry of Health, the number of annual cases of HIV contamination has increased in Brazil due to the lack of female or male condom in casual or stable relationships. The increase was almost 140% between 2007 and 2017 in the general population: from 6,862 to 16,371.
Sex Degrees of Separation: site calculates how many indirect partners the person already had Photo: Reproduo / Mirella Stivani
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To use Sex Degress of Separation, simply go to the Sex Degress of Separation website (onlinedoctor.lloydspharmacy/blog/sex-degrees) and indicate on the front page if you have had relationships with men, women or both. So I need to estimate the approximate age of each partner. Then press the "calculate" button to display the approximate number of indirect contacts.
Explosion of HIV cases among young Brazilians
Although based on British research, Sex Degrees of Separation can be used worldwide as a warning tool about the danger of having unprotected sex. In Brazil, in particular, recent data on STDs show that infections have spread more widely in recent years because condoms have fallen out of use for most sexually active people.
Sex Degrees of Separation calculates how many indirect sexual partners you have had Photo: Reproduction / Mirella Stivani
In research to the Ministry of Health, it was revealed that the number of cases of HIV increased among gay men in Brazil, especially among young people. The survey evaluated 4,176 people from 12 different cities. So Paulo had the highest rate of HIV infection: 24.8%, followed by Recife (21.5%), Curitiba (20.2%) and Belm (19.20%) and Rio de Janeiro (15.3% ).
The study also showed that, from 2010 to 2015, Brazil became part of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean where HIV infection among adults grew, according to data from UNAIDS, the United Nations agency to fight AIDS.
Condom use is falling in Brazil
Data from the Ministry of Health estimate that about 866,000 people live with HIV in Brazil. Of these, 694,000 were diagnosed, while 172,000 do not know they are HIV positive. One in five new cases of infection occurs among men aged 15 to 24 years.
For both sexes, condom use in this age group has been falling in recent years. In 2004, the index was 58.4% among those with occasional partners, and in 2013 it increased to 56.6%. Among those with fixed partners, the drop was even greater from 38.8% in 2004 to 34.2% in 2013.
Condoms continue to be the best option for protecting yourself and preventing HIV virus contamination. In addition to safety, it also helps prevent contagion from other STDs such as syphilis, HPV, gonorrhea, genital herpes, and hepatitis B or C. Male and female condoms are distributed free of charge to any public health service. To find out where they can be picked up in your city, just call Dial Sade (136).