Compulsory blood test to get married!!!???

erian

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Has any expats who have married an Argentine had the experience of having to get a blood test exactly 7 days before you get married or else they will not marry you??

I know an English guy here who tomorrow has to get it done. Bizarre!!! Is it true?
 

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I dont remember if it had to be EXACTLY 7 days but yes we had to have it done when we got married (I am an expat, my husband is Argentine). Its compulsory to do here. I think they are checking to make sure that the couple is not related.
 

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I also am an expat, my husband is Argentine, we too got the blood test. It can be carried out at a private or public hospital and it's purpose is to screen for venereal diseases (STDs). If either one of the couple has a venereal disease during contagion period, they will not be allowed to marry.
 

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Yes, it's true. :p We did it 5-7 days before... and then we had to pick up the results and take them to the registro civil. It must be done at a public hospital on the days they tell you. They really don't give you a lot of time or leeway and the whole thing is pretty much a joke. The physical portion of it took about 30 seconds - they listen to your heart and look at the backs and palms of your hand.


We had to do it at a public hospital. We would have much preferred to go to a private clinic, but weren't given the option. We are in provincia, so not sure if it's different for us.
 

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walkingtwig said:
I also am an expat, my husband is Argentine, we too got the blood test. It can be carried out at a private or public hospital and it's purpose is to screen for venereal diseases (STDs). If either one of the couple has a venereal disease during contagion period, they will not be allowed to marry.

I do know of someone who was diagnosed with HIV shortly after getting married,this had been contracted several years before and had not been noted by the pre wedding blood test.

So, a bit of a waste of time really.
 

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solerboy said:
I do know of someone who was diagnosed with HIV shortly after getting married,this had been contracted several years before and had not been noted by the pre wedding blood test.

So, a bit of a waste of time really.

It is crazy they test for the old STD's but completely ignore things like HIV.

Personally i have no problem with having test but it really should be brought into the modern world.
 

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walkingtwig said:
It can be carried out at a private or public hospital

Yep. Anyone getting married in Argentina has to have the blood test. My wife and I had to get it.

But I believe walkingtwig is incorrect when they say it can be done in a private clinic. We were told it MUST be done at the public hospital (which was fairly disgusting).

They told us it wasn't allowed to be done at a private clinic for fear of corruption or test altered but maybe things have changed in the past few years.
 

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Did you have to do some kind of information session before getting married? Had someone tell me it was required but I think he was getting the religious stuff (ie, pre-cana) mixed up with with civil stuff.

My understanding was that you make your appt, you get your blood test and exam, you show up with a valid passport with current stamp (assuming you're a tourist) or your documents (if you're a resident) and 2 witnesses and voila - married.

Can someone clarify?
 

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citygirl said:
My understanding was that you make your appt, you get your blood test and exam, you show up with a valid passport with current stamp (assuming you're a tourist) or your documents (if you're a resident) and 2 witnesses and voila - married.

Can someone clarify?

Yep. I believe that was it. I was somewhat inebriated at the time so it's a bit of a blur ... I do recall handing over some money at one point. Then the judge gave us her little pep talk. Went like this ...

Judge: "Ok, today is the big day. You look prepared since you have all of your documents. Those are lovely flowers."
Me: "Thanks!"
Judge: (looking at my Bride) I want to mention something about the sanctity of marriage and infidelity."
My Bride: (looking at me) "Ok ... ?"
Judge: "If there is infidelity in the marriage that is no reason to bring more infidelity into the marriage. There must be room for forgiveness."
My Bride: (glancing down to my testicular area) "No problem."

I'm not kidding. :eek:
 
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