What is screening?
Carrier screening involves a genetic test to identify if you are a healthy ‘carrier’ of a severe recessive Jewish genetic disorder. 1 in 5 people of Ashkenazi Jewish origin is a carrier of at least 1 of these conditions. These carriers are completely healthy. However, they are at risk of having children affected by the condition that they carry.
Importantly, this risk only exists if both partners in a couple are carriers for the same condition (carrier couple). Each child born to a carrier couple has a 1 in 4 chance of being affected by the disorder. .
If a couple is aware that they are a carrier couple, there are several options available enabling them to completely prevent the risk of having an affected child.
Taking part in screening means you can identify your risk of having an affected child. This arms you with the knowledge needed to manage this risk if your future partner is a carrier of same condition.