Many people are get worried about discussing their sexual health history with a new partner. Sometimes, people are worried that the number of previous partners could be too high or too low. All of these topics can make a person very nervous.
A recent online survey asked 2,000 people in both Europe and the U.s. how many sexual partners they have had in their lifetime. The findings of this survey were quite surprising. American participants, on average, had one more sexual partner than European participants. All participants considered themselves sexually active adults. According to this survey, the average sexually active U.S. adult had been with 7.2 sexual partners in their lifetime.
Perhaps what was most surprising about this survey was its findings about sexual history disclosure with sexual partners. Only about 33% of participants thought it was appropriate to disclose previous sexual history to a potential partner within the first month of starting a relationship. Most participants felt it was better to wait anywhere from one month to a year. Astonishingly, an average of 11% of participants said they would never disclose their sexual history with a new sexual partner.
This survey sheds light on some dangerous trends for sexual health. With the number of reported cases of STDs rising across the U.S., it is becoming more and more important to discuss your sexual history with your partner before engaging in risky sexual activity.
Talking about previous sexual health scares or infections can be scary. However, honest communication between sexual partners can be one of the most important tools in combating STDs and HIV. Protecting your sexual health lies primarily on your own shoulders. Engage your potential sexual partners and have the discussion in order to keep yourself protected from risks to your sexual health.
If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to an STD or HIV, you should have testing performed. It is not uncommon for a person to be infected with an STD and not show any outward signs or symptoms. This why STD testing can often be the best way to determine the current status of your sexual health.