What should I do if I am a carrier?

Finding out that you are a carrier does not impact your health- it means you have one changed copy of a gene and one normal copy of a gene and you only need one working copy of the gene. We all carry changes like this in our genes.

Implications for you:

Finding out you are a carrier allows you to make decisions when planning a family. It is important that your partner be tested to determine whether they are also a carrier of the same condition. Two carriers of the same conditions have a one in four chance of having a child with that condition. Genetic counselling is available to discuss the options in this case. There are a number of options for couples where both are carriers of the same condition to prevent the birth of a child with that condition.

Implications for your family:

We all inherit our genes from our parents- half from our mother and half from our father. This means that at least one parent of a carrier is also a carrier and other family members may also be carriers. If you are found to be a carrier, you are encouraged to discuss this result with your family members as it may have implications to their family planning.

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