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Does it affect me?

People who are of African, Caribbean, Asian, Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean origins are most 'at risk' of Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia.

About 1 in 4 Africans and 1 in 8 African-Caribbeans carry Sickle Cell trait. The incidence of Thalassaemia trait also varies from 1 in 7 to 1 in 30 people who originate from Asian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries.

Caucasian people can also be affected, but this is less common.

How do you get Sickle Cell Disorders & Thalassaemia Major?

If both parents are healthy carriers (trait), there is a 1 in 4 chance (25%) that in each pregnancy the child will have Sickle Cell disorder or Thalassaemia Major.

Nobody in my family has Sickle Cell or Thalassaemia, why should I have a blood test?

Your parents or relatives may be healthy carriers, as this does not affect their health and well being they may be unaware of their carrier status.

How do I find out if I am a carrier?

Your GP can arrange a simple blood test for you free of charge

Does my doctor recommend testing?

Yes, especially if you are thinking of having a baby or if you are already pregnant.

What will happen once I have had my blood test?

On receiving your results via the Haematology Laboratory, the Project will contact you with relevant information or you will be sent a haemoglobinopathy card. We suggest you carry this card with you to avoid unnecessary testing for Sickle Cell or Thalassaemia.

The Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Support Project also provides genetic counselling which enables individuals the opportunity to discuss their results and any implications it may have on the family.

If I am pregnant will my baby be tested?

Your midwife will advise you that a sample of blood (heel prick test) will be taken shortly after the delivery for testing. The Project will contact you soon after to invite you in for counseling.

Do you suggest partner and family testing?

Yes, if you are planning to have a baby it is advisable that your partner is tested to determine whether your partner is a carrier or not.

If you are a carrier there is a chance that your brothers and sisters may be carriers as well.

Quick fact

Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Support Project offers free counselling on Thalassaemia in different community languages.

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