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At what age can i test to see if i am a carrier for sickle cell anemia?

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Late teens: Carrier testing should only be done in persons who can give intelligent informed consent. Young children should not be tested. Older teens who can give meaningful consent may be tested.

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Age of consent: You can be tested for this at any age. Your parents can consent if you are below personal age for consent or you can do it if you are over that age. It is a minor, invasive blood test with no risks. You can guess at your changes if you know the status of other family members.

Answered 5/1/2012

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