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Saudi introduces pre-marital health tests

Couples will soon have to undergo compulsory health tests before they can marry

Saudi introduces pre-marital health tests
A Saudi couple visit the Riyadh Spring Festival in the Saudi capital on March 23, 2012. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia is introducing compulsory medical tests for
couples before they can marry.

From November 4, the beginning of the Islamic calendar,
men and women will undergo tests for common diseases and epidemics, Arab News
reported.

The results will be recorded on an electronic database and
shared between the Ministry of Health and other authorities such as the Ministry
of Justice, which will be responsible for ensuring couples comply with the new
rule.

Council of Health Services secretary general Yacoub bin
Youssef Al-Mazroua said the tests would ensure “healthy marriages”.

A high proportion of Saudi marriages are arranged
according to family names and social status.

It is not uncommon for couples to have had little
interaction before they wed.

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Nezaud 6 years ago

The test for marriage law has been in force in Saudi Arabia for the last 15 years or so. This is an improved scheme of an existing compulsory law.

jonjon 6 years ago

these tests are widespread, and it is more importantly done to safeguard against diseases between marriages between family members