Blood type should be something you pay attention to when you’re searching for a sperm donor if: 1) You want your child’s blood type to match your own or your partner’s 2) You’re Rh negative, meaning you have a blood … Continue reading →
What ever happened to mandatory blood tests in the United States before allowing a marriage? I have researched blood test requirements by state online and it appears that most do not require one at all now.
Looking into past blood test requirements I found out that: In the 1930s & 40s, blood testing to screen for syphilis and or rubella became a prerequisite for obtaining a marriage license in most states.Sexually transmitted diseases were extremely common during that time. Premarital blood tests identified those who were infected and gave them a chance to seek medical treatment before infecting their future spouse. While rubella is not a serious disease for adults, it can be extremely dangerous to an unborn fetus. Premarital testing for rubella was designed to protect the health of a newlywed couple’s unborn children.
This raises the question “Why don’t all states require blood testing still? With increased infection rates of HIV/AIDS, Herpes, etc. this appears to be a healthy provision. It is my understanding that the goal to keep the majority healthy and safe is to prevent further spread of such disease…