Friday, August 10, 2007

Transmission of Sickle Cell

Okay, this is for all the ignorant peeps out there. No offense, but why the fuck do you think that you can get sickle cell from your boyfriend/girlfriend? It's not an STD, it's not contagious---it's an inherited disease. Inherited! This means that if your parents weren't on the ball with getting their HbS screening done before they got pregnant with you, then one of their presents to you is the disease.

You can't get it from kissing, or from having sex with someone with SCD. You can't get it from even interacting with them---or a blood exchange. (Although why someone with anemia might be giving blood is an anomaly anyway!) It's a DNA flaw, pure and simple, a protein on the DNA chain that got substituted wrong. So unless you are creating DNA (Mothers!) it's not something to worry about.

If you don't know your HbS type, have your doctor check for you before you decide to get pregnant. And check your sperm donor's man's HbS type as well. Here's a simple chart to give you the logistics. Remember, this is the probability per pregnancy, not per child. This means that for every time you get pregnant, you have the chances. Some people think that it means that if they have four kids, only one with have sickle cell...not so! Here's the breakdown.

AA + AA
Very, very good. None of your kids will have anything to do with Sickle cell.

AA + AS
You have a 25% chance with every pregnancy of having a child that is a carrier of the trait. No biggie. Just be sure to educate your children on their HbS before they start having sex.

AS + AS
You have a 50% chance of having a child with the trait, a 25% chance per pregnancy of having a child with no trait and a 25% chance of having a child with the disease. This is what happened to my family.

AA + SS
Moving up! This is for someone with SCD, like me, having a child with someone that isn't a carrier of either the trait or disease..(Like Norio!) You children will just have AS, just be carriers of the sickle cell trait. They'll be fine! They just have to watch their SCD parent live with it.

AS + SS
Not so good. With every pregnancy you have a 75% chance of having a child with sickle cell disease and a 25% chance of having a child that's a carrier. You might wanna test your fetuses asap to check. Or consider some other alternatives to having a child together...like adoption or an egg donor. Trust me, this isn't something you want to pass to your children.

Okay, I hope that clarifies it. You cannot get sickle cell from kissing, sex or swapping bodily fluids. You can get other STDs and HIV however, so make sure you USE PROTECTION!


7 comments:

Kafo said...

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Adventures In Waitressing said...

I seriously can't believe some people are so ignorant that they think it is an STD. What Morons.

HUGS

Vixen said...

I love you two!

Awele said...

Hey thanks! My boyfriend is AS ans so am i. We really want to have kids but the thought of having one that ill and could die isn't very encouraging...

Lornece said...

AS + AS
You have a 50% chance of having a child with the trait, a 25% chance per pregnancy of having a child with no trait and a 25% chance of having a child with the disease. This is what happened to my family.

You mentioned AS + AS...what about AC + AS...
I'm still learning about Sickle Cell, my son is 2 yrs old and has SCD. He has SC though, which is 30 percent of his bosy that sickles verses are child with SS and 90 percent of their body sickles.

I am the C carrier and my husband is the S carrier and the percentage is exactly how you explained it just that there are more then SS carriers out there.

Doctor treat SC and SS slightly different in MA. My son's not on folic Acid but if he had SS he would be...

Also although my husband has the trait, he has had a few crisis, my trait doesn't bother me at all.

We have a daughter who has the trait as well and so far she hasn't had any major issues beside bed wetting that I have found to be common with sicklers if you have the trait or the disease....so much to learn

I thank you for this blog, very informative

Anonymous said...

im a dad that is lost on this sickle-cell thing in i just wanted to know if i dont have sickle-cell how did my kid end up with it no one in my fam has it and the woman that i have the kid with is white in she says no one and her fam has it and i want to also know do u think i should get a DNA done on the kid anyone who know plz send me a e-mail at chrisgluke@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to correct you about the AS + SS issue With every pregnancy you have a 50% chance of having a child with sickle cell disease not 75% and also a 50% chance of having a child that's just a carrier, not 25%