Pre-Marriage Screening (Bahrain)

essential-blood-test-sti-screen These tests are required as pre-marriage screening in Bahrain. This is a package of tests specially put together to make this easy to do. It consists of blood tests for the following:

  1. STI test: HIV 1/2, Hepatitis B (HBsAg), Hepatitis C (HCV-ab), Syphilis
  2. Haemoglobin electrophoresis: blood cell examination to test for diseases such as sickle cell and thalassaemia
  3. Full Blood Count
  4. G6PD
  5. Rubella antibodies (IgG)
  6. Blood group and Rhesus type

 NB. This is a test for one person.

photo-ed You are required to bring a valid photo ID with you at the of the test such as a passport or driving license.


sti-test-london  There is no need for an appointment to do the pre-marriage test. After paying for the test online, you will receive a confirmation message with a map and directions attached. You can then go to Patient Reception at The Doctors Laboratory to give the sample. The laboratory is open 7am – 7pm weekdays and 7am-1pm on Saturdays.


why-testWhy do this test? These are usually done as a pre-marriage requirement in Bahrain. Sickle cell anaemia and beta thalassaemia are inheritable conditions. There is no problem to the person if they are sickle cell or beta thalassaemia carriers and have only one gene for these. However, if a couple who are both carriers have children, then there is a 1 in 4 chance that their children will have sickle cell disease or beta thalassaemia. That will mean life-long medical care and suffering for the affected children. For this reason, many countries ask their citizens to screen for sickle cell anaemia before they get married in order to avoid having affected children. Please note that having alpha thalassaemia does not give any major medical problems.


time-takenTime Taken: 6 working days *


sti-test-london  Results of your pre-marriage test will be e-mailed to you. Please let us know if you need a paper copy to be posted to you.


* Indicative timings only. Actual result may be earlier or slightly later.

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