It's not uncommon for people to fudge their sexual body-count a bit depending on who they are talking to. I mean, no man is going to tell his mom that her baby-boy has gotten enough poontang to last three lifetimes. On the other side, no woman is going to tell her father that his innocent princess probably has more sexual experience than him. Most people would find that telling a little white lie in either of those two scenarios is totally acceptable, but why lie to people that we barely know?
According to a survey of 1,000 Europeans and Americans that was conducted by U.K. health and wellness website Dr.Ed.com, people with a considerable number of sexual partners generally have a difficult time answering this question. While the results of this study can't be considered completely accurate because it was unscientific, it does provide somewhat of a reference point that heavily depends on how honest the participants were with their responses.
While the vast majority of men in the study reported that they would have no problem openly admitting to their number of sexual partners, 22 percent of American men with 16 or more sexual partners admitted that they would lie or undersell their body-count if they were forced to divulge that top secret information.
Alternatively, more than thirty percent of men admitted that they prefer not to share their sexual history with their partners because they don't believe that it's relevant information. In other words, their past sexual activity is none of your damn business. It's easy to see why people prefer to take this stance if it has no bearings on a current relationship. That doesn't mean that this is the best stance to take, but at least those people aren't being dishonest.
Now, there are two main concerns when it comes to fibbing about your sexual activity. One, your lie could be uncovered later on in the relationship and cause some serious trust issues. Two is far more serious. A high volume of sexual partners increases the possibility of STI exposure. Being dishonest about your sexual history provides a false interpretation of that, but as long as you use protection and get tested regularly, things should be fine.
At the end of the day, choosing how you address the question of how many sexual partners you have had is totally up to you. What's most important is that you are honest with yourself and always use protection.