Getting back into the dating game can be tough, especially if you just got out of an LTR. From the very beginning, you're stuck wondering if you should try to become one of the many online dating success stories, or meet someone "organically" like your parents and grandparents probably did. When you finally do land the all-important first date, you'll probably spend a lot of time wondering if you're saying the "right" stuff or if the other person thinks you're as awkward as you feel. Quite frankly, it's a miracle that any of us actually end up in serious relationships with all the hassle it takes to get there. But what should you know before you date someone? Whether you're gearing up for your first date with someone or preparing to take things to the next level with a person you've been seeing for a while, it's always good to ask yourself what you really want out of this.
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It may seem awkward to discuss that chlamydia infection you had in college and downright scary to tell your partner about your most recent trip to the doctor, but honesty is the best policy and keeping each other safe should be top priority. A herpes diagnosis may be one of the most difficult to share because the virus never goes away and symptoms can reappear at any point. There is unfortunately a lot of fear and shame surrounding herpes. While we can appreciate the initial shock of being diagnosed with any long-term health issue, we want everyone to understand that having herpes is not the end of the world or even the end of your sex life. Moreover, finding out that your partner has herpes does not have to be the end of your relationship. We think some basic information can go a long way in quelling some of the alarm people frequently have about what, exactly, it means to be with someone who has herpes.
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Relationships are complicated in and of themselves, but when it comes to turning a friendship into a romance, the transition can be especially tricky. With your feelings, and of course, a friendship at stake, dating a friend you've known for years can be the best — and most terrifying — thing ever. Needless to say, the deciding factor is whether or not your feelings are returned, and whether you gain a significant other or lose a close confidant.
You've been dating that special someone for awhile now and established that you aren't seeing other people. You're calling each other pet names like "babe" and "honey," seeing each other every weekend, but you haven't exclusively given yourselves that label yet. Whether you believe in titles or not—you my friend, are in what we call…a relationship. You don't always clean up your place before he comes over anymore. You used to care about your place looking tidy, but now you don't freak out over dirty dishes in the sink or an unmade bed.