Premarital Testing

United States
June 28, 2009 4:12pm CST
If you've ever been married, you know that women have to take a blood test to check for German Measles antibodys and RX factor compatibility as part of the marriage license requirements. I think that both men and women should undergo blood tests as part of the licensing process...hiv tests and hepatitis tests. The incidence of these diseases is on the rise, and I think that requiring these two tests to be done could help to protect men and women from unwittingly becoming infected. I know of several women who were infected by partners who knew they were infected but did not disclose that to them. These tests would have brought out the truth.
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@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
29 Jun 09
Even though the number of HIV cases is still relatively low in Malaysia, people who intend to marry have to take an HIV test. If at least one of them is positive, they are given counselling. If they choose to go ahead with the marriage plans, they are advised to practice a healthy s*xual relationship. A person who refuses to undergo the test is not allowed to marry, unless the ceremony is done in secret, or in a neighbouring country.
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• United States
30 Jun 09
I like that policy and I think it should be one that is adopted globally.
@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
30 Jun 09
It should be. Most probably many governments have discussed about its implementation, but the fear of a backlash may have prevented them from making it compulsory. Some people like to take the issue of human rights and freedom of choice to the extreme. My country is listed as being rather restrictive n terms of giving the freedom of choice to the masses. Laws like compulsory HIV testing benefit the country as a whole. Surely the human rights faction does not want to see the country suffering from an increase in HIV cases? They should calculate the impact on the economy.
@kayedanda (1850)
• Philippines
28 Jun 09
I agree with your suggestion. This should be done to protect both parties from acquiring such diseases unknowingly from their partners. If ever one of them turns positive, then proper measures could be taken to ensure that the other partner will not get infected as well. Prevention is better than cure, as they say :)
• United States
30 Jun 09
Definitely, much better! It's such a simple thing to get tested too.
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
11 Jul 09
Yes I agree with you that people wanting to get married should have these blood test. the problem is also those that just decide to live together with out the benefit of the marriage license. Think about all those kids that are born with out their parents getting married first and all the problems that they can have.