Disclose before marriage vows

2015-06-03 06:00

THE question - when is the right time to disclose your chronic ailment in a marriage relationship - before or after vows are taken - started from a conversation, like many other such engaging questions.

Unfortunately, stigma is attached to illnesses and disabilities, and this leads to marginalisation, therefore many people keep these issues hidden.

I am of the firm opinion that it is important to disclose your health status before the vows are taken, whether or not you have had surgery or have a chronic illness. These conditions may impact negatively on your health, for example, your reproductive system. Thus it is imperative that your significant other is in the know from the onset of the relationship. It is unethical and deceptive to choose to keep it a secret. Regardless of whether the underlying issue is a chronic problem or a minor, insignificant health issue, the information must be relayed. This information will help in fostering a trusting relationship.

It is a moral and human imperative that partners disclose important information like medical conditions before marriage vows are taken.


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