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can i get sickle cell traits by having sex and oral sex with a person that has it?

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Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 39 years experience
No transmission: Sickle cell trait and disease are determined genetically. There is no risk of acquiring either through any type of sexual activity.
Dr. Noah Federman
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
No: Sickle cell disease is not a sexually transmitted disease.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: You inherit the trait as a gene from one of your parents. You can't get it like an infection from doing oral.

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