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Submitted on 03/31/04 at 03:17:15
There is no reason to check for your blood type; it has no bearing on your general health, and despite recent books to the contrary, also has no bearing on what type of diet is best for you. If you ever needed blood, your blood type would be checked before giving you a transfusion. When you are 18, you can donate blood and you'll be told your blood type then. Blood donation is a great community service to consider.
Blood tests for folks who are sexually active can test for infection, such as hepatitis, HIV, and syphilis. If you are not sexually active there are no tests to have regarding sex itsef. Other tests for sexually transmitted infections are done through a urine sample or from the genitals directly.
Meg Durbin , M.D.