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Why Get Tested?

To determine if you have sickle cell trait or disease by measuring the presence and relative amount of hemoglobin S.

When to Get Tested?

Routinely as part of a newborn screen or whenever it is necessary to determine whether someone is a sickle cell carrier or has sickle cell anemia, particularly in the African American population.

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm or obtained from the heel or finger of an infant.

Test Preparation Needed?

None; however, if this test is used for diagnosis, the sample should not be drawn after a recent blood transfusion.



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