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Hazards of online dating

Don't receive oral sex from somebody with a cold sore. If you're looking for love, your contact may be looking for just a quickie. I've met some very special people." Beyond people shaving a few years off their age, "I've never met anybody online who lied," she tells Web MD. It takes time to build a quality relationship and the job cannot be rushed." Maybe it's time to look at your criteria, says Schwartz. "Or if you think it's deeper, you're being dysfunctional, maybe you need to get to a therapist," she says.

There's serious stuff out there, like HIV and STDs, date rape, online stalkers."I think some people are much more rigid or sure about what they want," says Schwartz. A few rules: Here's another reality check: sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are incredibly common in the U. -- even if your social circle is affluent and educated.The most common STDs are: Chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), and HIV/AIDS."You're looking for a connection, someone you're physically attracted to -- who's physically attracted to you -- plus someone who doesn't make you feel bored from the get-go," Schwartz tells Web MD. "But don't let the love bug mesmerize you," says Paul Falzone, author of the book, Find the Right One and CEO of "The Right One"and "Together," two nationwide dating services.Falzone tells a story of a North Carolina woman who fell "totally in love" with a Massachusetts man she met online. Eventually, he encouraged her to sell her house, pack everything into a truck, and prepare herself and her two young children for a new life.Then comes the email saying, "I can't go through with this.

I'm sorry, I'm dishonest, I'm married." "You have to be very careful," Falzone tells Web MD.

To reduce risk, use a condom every time you have sex.

Ask your partner if he or she has ever had an STD -- even if the question feels awkward. Don't have sex with someone who has sores on his or her genitals. The anonymity of Internet dating has obvious hazards. I think online dating is great, absolutely the best thing of the 21st century. "Keep the relationship casual in the early stages and let it evolve at its own pace. If you're going out just to be nice, that's not smart. It will ultimately undermine your sense of well-being and optimism." Guys, are you going after women who are wrong for you, too beautiful and full of themselves, or are they too professional and you need someone more nurturing? "There are too many good people out there for them all to be wrong for you." A smart friend can help: "Tell me honestly what you think I'm doing wrong here." Listen, and then take their advice.

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If you look back fondly on a past relationship, the message comes across that you're not over it -- causing your new romantic interest to feel threatened, jealous, or insecure, says Falzone.