We offer free testing to determine if a person has abnormal hemoglobin that causes sickle cell disease/trait.
The sickle cell test is part of the routine screenings performed on a baby after it’s born, but it can be used on older children and adults when needed. Early diagnosis is vital, because children with the disease/trait tend to be more vulnerable to serious infections within weeks of birth. Testing early helps ensure infants with sickle cell get the proper treatment to protect their health.
Other people who should get tested include:
- Immigrants who haven’t been tested in their home countries.
- Children who move from one state to another and haven’t been tested.
- Anyone displaying symptoms of the disease.
A doctor will need a blood sample to test you for the disease/trait. If you’re diagnosed, your doctor will work with you to develop a treatment plan.