Should You Test Yourself for HIV Before You Get Married?

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It is very important to know the person you are going to spend a big deal of time with in the future. The formation of a healthy couple is the first step in a future healthy family life. All the people doing a commitment to share a life together should perform at least the basic tests for sexually transmitted diseases: syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes, Chlamydia, HIV, especially if you had a history of having many physical relationships before marriage or if your partner has had sexual contact with several persons before. Knowing if you are disease free will give a priceless peace of mind for your future. Even finding out that you are infected can help to establish early treatment and appropriate family planning.

Note: This article is not medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your specific condition.