Blood Test for Marriage License-Outdated?

Mrs. - posted on 01/14/2011 ( 28 moms have responded )

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During my wedding research I just found out some states still require blood tests to get married. Now this is the stuff I'd heard in old movies and stuff but never really thought about why this is...so I looked it up (cause I'm a bit slow). It said that it is to see someone has a venereal disease. Nice, eh?

Well, I'm wondering, in this day and age of people having sex more often than not before they get married and generally being tested at their physicals for STDs, do you think this is as out dated as the monocle? I personally would find it a waste of time and blood...isn't this something that needs to be ditched?

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Tara - posted on 01/15/2011

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They are not looking for things like "colour deficiency" in blood work, that is a genetic trait not found in blood work, but found in genetics and dna. Which they do not do testing for unless you ask for it for specific reasons.
They are testing for rh factor, and that is pretty much it. Some states test for std's and hep, and tuberculosis. but most it's just the rh factor.
I carry the colour deficient (formally called colour blind, still called colour blind in the states) all my male relatives on my mothers side are colour deficient, including my sons, women carry it more often than men, to have a colour deficient female would require a woman who carries the gene and a man who carries the gene. So if it were something that one wanted to find out about, it wouldn't be hard to do, even without any testing.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/15/2011

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I think it used to also be to che RH factor...if you were 2 different rh factors, it can effect the babies badly....something like that. I know Mary will know...but apparently it doesn't matter anymore? I think they do something in the hospital for it now regardless? IDK...I know I am on the right track...but I don't know all the correct info....I got married in Missouri and we did not need a blood test.

Jodi - posted on 01/15/2011

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Sounds silly to me......we don't have it here. Not sure if we ever did or not.

But maybe in some places they *should* do genetic tests to make sure they aren't related, LOL.

Johnny - posted on 01/15/2011

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I think it's an American thing Sarah, I'd never heard of it either until friends of mine married down there. Rather archaic really. But if it's holding things up, then it does give you a bit of a red flag...

Jocelyn - posted on 01/15/2011

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I think in this day and age when there are so many children/adults who don't know who their bio father is (whether it be one night stand, sperm donor what-have-you) I kind of support the idea to rule out any possible biological relation.

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Stifler's - posted on 01/16/2011

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my husband and i have different rh factors. that's what anti-d is for. i am o negative and my son is a positive, it's not an issue in the 21st century.

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I dont know i believe its old school but i dont see any harm in doing it. Who cares to me its just one of the steps you gotta do to get married. I dont even kno if they do it here in Texas but if they do im fine with it. In the end im still getting married which is what matters most to me :)

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you know what i thought they did still do blood tests everywhere but not for the reason you listed thats crazy you learn somethin everyday huh? haha i dont kno if i heard it on tv or if my mom told me but i thought they did nlood tests to make sure the two are not related??

Barb - posted on 01/16/2011

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Back in 1990 when i married the first time to Jr's dad here in Indiana, i had to get the blood test done.

I asked why we were doing this and was told it was to check to see if i was immune to the german measles. I asked if i wasn't, was i going to get a shot? (i really dislike needles and was trying to get out of this) I was told no, they couldn't give me the vaccine because i was of a child bearing age (not to mention i was already pregnant) So asked "what's the point of this then?" "so we have a record" I said "well just mark me down as not having the vaccine and we are good" "nope" Basically got the "because its the law and we said so" No really good reason at all, if you want to get married and be protected by marriage laws, you have to have this piece of paper from us saying you had this done.

Maybe they have different excuses now, but i see it as pointless now as i did then.

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I very well may be a carrier for colour blindness aas my brother is colour colour blind. SO friggin what? I am not having a blood test before i get married.

To the RH thing. I am RH negative and if i ever have a positive baby i am in big trouble. Lucky so far we have had all negative children. I have had all the shots but really it makes no difference to whether or not we would get married.

Mrs. - posted on 01/15/2011

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I read somewhere that they did it originally because the treatment for syphillis was not effective and they didn't want the unborn child to contract it, be deformed, etc.

I didn't read the RH thing. I'm RH negative and would have popped up as a clunker I guess because my fiance is positive. I had to get all those shots and things so that my little girl was okay and any child after.

Jodi - posted on 01/15/2011

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Lacye, a DNA test is needed to test if someone is related.....I don't actually think a blood test can do that either. I am pretty sure they aren't performing DNA tests.

Lacye - posted on 01/15/2011

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I was always told you could. Either way, I don't care. lol. As I said, I don't see the big deal about a little bit of blood being drawn to test for diseases. Yeah you can go to a doctor and have yourself checked there. I know another reason why they do the blood tests is to test to see if the couple is related. They do it in the state I'm in I know. It's weird I know but it does happen that the couple doesn't know that they are related in some way, like of one of them was adopted into another family and just so happened to find a mate that was related to them and they didn't know it. It's far fetched but hey, it could happen.

Jodi - posted on 01/15/2011

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I still can't see, for the life of me, why it should be a condition of getting a marriage licence. As I said, if you want to get check ups for yourselves, do it, but your marriage licence shouldn't hinge on that happening.



With regard to colour blindness, there is a chance I carry it too, my brother has it, so my mother is a carrier. But I don'[t see the big deal. If you end up with a child who is colour blind, sobeit. It's actually not that big a deal. What are you going to do if you find out? Not have babies? If you are already aware it is in your family, you just watch for it when they are toddlers. It is pretty easy to spot. We knew by the time my brother was 4.



Besides, I am pretty sure you can't pick up colour blindness in a normal blood test. I think you have to have a genetic test done.

Tara - posted on 01/15/2011

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Yeah seems outdated to me too.
I think this might go back to the RH factor, it could have been a deciding factor for some couples not to marry if there was a chance they could not produce healthy children. Or perhaps before the notion of pre-marital sex was more readily accepted, this was an assurance for someone whose betrothed traveled a lot, or was at war etc. again to ensure health of the couple and potential offspring.. but I would guess that applies more in marriages not based on love but more on convenience, which happened a lot in the past.

Lacye - posted on 01/15/2011

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Jodi sometimes it takes years before an STD will even show up on the tests. In some cases, it is necessary. No I wouldn't walk out on my partner if he was unhealthy, but I would also start having myself checked regularly if he came out positive with some kind of STD. They don't test for just STDs though. They also test for genetic disorders that could be passed down to children. I already know when they test my blood, it's possible they will find that I'm a carrier for color blindness because it does run in my family, as a matter of fact my uncle is color blind. They are looking for things like that. I don't see the big deal about a little bit of blood.

Jodi - posted on 01/15/2011

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"It just gives the couple a chance to make sure both parters are healthy and make sure they still want to go through with the wedding"

But shouldn't you know about these things anyway? I can't see why you have to have a blood test in order to give some waiting time. Here we have to fill in paperwork a month before the intended marriage anyway. But blood work is totally unnecessary. If you WANT to do it, fine, but I think it is pointless for most people. After all, what would you do if your partner wasn't healthy? Walk out on him?

Lacye - posted on 01/15/2011

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I think it's a great idea personally. I'm about to get married in the next few weeks and the state we live in has mandatory blood tests and a 3 day waiting period. It just gives the couple a chance to make sure both parters are healthy and make sure they still want to go through with the wedding.

Tara - posted on 01/15/2011

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it has to do with the rh factor, whether or not you are + or - .
They don't do it as often because it related to pregnancy and not marriage per say. So it is usually investigated further when someone becomes pregnant.
Hope that helps.
In Mexico, you must have a physical with proof of HIV, Syphilis and RH factor...

Rosie - posted on 01/15/2011

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thank god we weren't required to, lol! it's stupid IMO. especially when some places allow you to marry your first cousin. the whole pointof the blood test is to make sure you aren't related, so it kinda defeats that purpose if you can marry cousin nate still...*shiver*

Louise - posted on 01/15/2011

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In England this was never done in the first place. May be it should be in this day and age there is more STI's than ever and I think it would be good to know what your partner could have. Lets face it men lie through there teeth to get women into bed. May be it should be compulsory.

Sarah - posted on 01/15/2011

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Never heard of a blood test to get married!!!!
Must be an American thing.

Nikkole - posted on 01/14/2011

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true but i guess if you have already had sex (which most people do before marriage) i guess it wouldn't really matter i mean it would be nice to know but you mostly likely have what the other does. I didn't know some states still do that but now i do :)

Nikkole - posted on 01/14/2011

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I think its kind odd. Shouldn't you know what your future spouse has before you get married lol

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