Why were blood tests required before marriage?

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Premarital blood tests have been used to check people getting married for syphilis, rubella, HIV and sickle-cell anemia. The objective of such tests was to ensure the infected person got treated prior to infecting his or her partner or child. In the United States, premarital blood laws were enacted during the 1930s and 1940s when syphilis was considered a potential public health concern.

Premarital blood test laws were written during an era when premarital sex was largely frowned upon, and the legislators writing those laws probably assumed that most sexual encounters happened within the confines of marriage. In contemporary culture, sexual encounters commonly take place both within and outside the bonds of marriage, making these tests largely irrelevant from a public health perspective.

As of April 2014, only the District of Columbia requires premarital blood tests for both partners; however, Montana requires females to get premarital blood tests, and in New York, African-American and Hispanic applicants have to get tested for sickle-cell anemia.

The reason Montana may still test its female residents is related to that fact that these tests often screened for rubella. Rubella can be deadly if passed from a mother to a fetus; however, even women in Montana can opt out of the testing with a waiver from a doctor.

Q&A Related to "Why were blood tests required before marriage?"
I'm guessing just incase there is any known or unknow disease or virus that you may or may not be aware of that could be transmitted to your partner. But like I said I'm just guessing
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Jurisdictions that require both parties to take blood tests before a marriage license can be issued include, as of 2010, the District Of Columbia, Georgia, Oklahoma and Mississippi.
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Blood tests were intended to determine if one or both of the marrying couple had a
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Not all states require a blood test. I know the state of MD does not. The majority of them do however. I believe it was/is mainly for STDs, which in this day & time is one darn
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