3 Most important tests that you must have before saying I do
Before entering the marriage, it is important that you and your spouse commit to full openness.
If you suffer from a chronic illness or your family has a history of a certain condition, it is important to disclose. this is because some of these diseases can affect a family and people for their lifetime.
Marriage is a crucial deal and should not be taken lightly.
Blood group test (Rhesus factor test)
Blood tests are important especially when it comes to pregnancy. Crucial in blood tests is the Rhesus factor. Women with rhesus negative blood group married to rhesus positive husbands have a greater chance of rhesus incompatibility.
With this condition, the first babies are usually healthy but for the subsequent pregnancies, there might be issues. Even so, technological advancement has provided a solution for Rhesus incompatibility.
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HIV and sexually transmitted diseases
HIV is primarily transmitted through sexual intercourse. With marriage comes sex and with sex the potential for transmission of an infection from one spouse to another. A 2016 report found that married couples account for the highest number of new HIV infections (44 per cent).
Sex within marriage is without suspicion and hence bears a higher risk when one spouse is a carrier of an STD.
Genes are the software that parents give to their children. Conditions like albinism, Marfan syndrome and sickle-cell disease are passed down from parents to children through genes. These tests become important especially when an illness proves prevalent in a certain geographical area.
For instance, sickle-cell disease is prevalent in the Kenyan coast and in Nyanza. Gene testing to find out if spouses are carriers of the sickle-cell genes will assist them to make informed choices when they chose to conceive as well as prepare them for the possibility that their offspring may suffer the disease.
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