If your date can't handle the fact that you want to protect yourself, you probably aren't interested in him anyway." If your relationship continues -- and it's an exclusive arrangement for both of you -- unprotected sex might be OK but only after you both get tested for sexually transmitted diseases -- and wait for reassuring results.
Moreover, to help ease the anxiety of a first-time date, Rosenfeld suggests you "sandwich" the meeting between two other activities you really like.
"Before you meet your date, do something that puts you in a positive frame of mind; then, after the date is over, meet up with a friend," he says.
"Everyone knows that adventures have ups and downs and they expect that," he says.
"If you think of dating the same way, you are less likely to be disappointed." Assuming you and your date "hit it off," invariably the question of sex will arise -- sometimes as early as the first date.
Now, if you have a happy and fulfilling life without dating, you shouldn't feel pressured into a social scene that's not right for you.
At the same time, if you're craving adult companionship and maybe even a little romance, don't be shy about filling those needs -- and the dating world is an excellent place to start! Should you try online dating or do it the old-fashioned way, finding dates through friends and acquaintances?
According to the online dating company, Match.com, baby boomers are its fastest-growing group of members.
Indeed, many in this age group are divorced, single, or widowed, and now find themselves back out on the dating scene for the first time in years.
What's important to remember here is: It's your timetable.