It’s true that honesty is the best policy. But when it comes to dating, people have a tendency to omit facts that may be less than flattering. It’s okay in some cases to keep things private. After all, you’re not obligated to divulge everything the moment you hook up with a new person. But, there are some things you should be open about early on.

For example, your sexual health history. It’s important to have honest conversations about your past sexual health, like STDs before things get hot and heavy in the bedroom. The person deserves know what they’re getting into, so they can fully protect themselves. You’d want them to do the same for you.

Just as important as your sexual health history is your current dating status. If you’re dating anyone else, be open about it. This let’s them know where your head is and what your intentions are.

You should also be upfront as to what kind of relationship you’re looking for. Are you looking to be in a casual relationship or long-term. This may not be something you bring up on the first date, but by the second or third, it’s time to let them know what you’re looking for so they can adjust their expectations accordingly.

Now, this one next one will depend on the level of importance to you – your political and religious views. This can turn into a heated debate for some, for other’s it’s not a big deal. If you feel passionately about your religious and political views, then share them openly to see where the other person’s head is at.

Finally, you should let them know about your quirky hobbies. Not only is this a great way to keep the conversation going, but it’s also a great way to create a bond.

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