It’s always better to be on the safe side and that’s the essence of life. No matter how mad you are in love with him/her, don’t jump into signing that marriage certificate without knowing your partner’s sexual health status. Don’t say I didn’t tell you!
Here are the 6 tests to do:
Sexually Transmitted Infections. Up to 50 percent of people with Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) don’t know they’re infected.
So, first check if your partner has lifelong STI’s like HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Herpes. Then, check for curable STI’s like gonorrhea, syphilis, yeast infections and Chlamydia. You will save yourself lifetime trouble.
Genotype. Your concern should be knowing your intending spouse’s genotype and rhesus compatibility. A genotype is an individual’s collection of genes.
The term also can refer to the two alleles inherited for a particular gene. The genotype is expressed when the information encoded in the genes’ DNA is used to make protein and RNA molecules.
The expression of the genotype contributes to the individual’s observable traits, called the phenotype. Something that’s observable, like height, hair color, or occurrence of disease.
Rhesus factor. According to National Health Service (NHS) Rhesus disease is a condition where antibodies in a pregnant woman’s blood destroy her baby’s blood cells.
It’s also known as haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn (HDFN). Rhesus disease only happens when the mother has rhesus negative blood (RhD negative) and the baby in her womb has rhesus positive blood (RhD positive).
Fertility. Fertility tests are crucial because most couples would like to have kids. You should do at least these 3 common tests to check fertility; seminal fluid analysis, hormonal assay and pelvic ultrasound scan. The scans will check the state of the internal reproductive organs.
Chronic medical conditions. Also, check if your prospective spouse has any of the following chronic medical conditions; diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease and liver disease. Knowing their health status will enable you to seek medical assistance early enough and make the needed lifestyle adjustments.
Latest disease – the Coronavirus. We can’t conclude without mentioning the novel coronavirus. Strictly speaking, COVID-19 is not a sexually transmitted infection.
But it can be passed on through kissing and close body contact including having sex.