The knowledge of your intending partner’s health status is a major determinant whether that marriage should work out or not. It provides an avenue to make informed consent and enables you and your spouse to seek proper medical care early to prevent unnecessary stress and burden during marriage

1. Test for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs): With the current prevalence of HIV and other STDs, it is important that spouses should request for their partners to be screened for these diseases before marriage

2. Test for blood group: Knowledge of your spouse’s blood group is important before marriage because of blood group incompatibility that may affect the fetus

3. Test for sickle cell gene: Sickle cell disease is a chronic and debilitating medical condition caused by a defect in red blood cells. It is advisable for sickle cell patients (SS) not to marry a carrier of the sickle cell gene (AS) because of the 50% chance of having a baby with the disease in each pregnancy.

4. Fertility Test: This May sound out of place or weird, but truth be told, a fertility test is another test that all intending couples should do before saying ‘I DO’. This is important because fertility issues can be addressed as early as possible without the unnecessary biological, psychological, social and emotional trauma associated with barrenness.

Testing for possible genetic /chronic medical conditions:

Marriage is a lifelong commitment with both partners looking after each another. Knowledge of possible genetic or chronic conditions of your partner wouldn’t be harmful, but it will go a long way in assisting both couples on how to best prepare for the challenges ahead

Visit Afriglobal Medicare with your intending lifetime partner to have proper health check before you say ‘I Do’