23andMe Carrier Status Tests:
What you should know
|Test Examples||Relevant Ethnicities|
|Bloom Syndrome||Ashkenazi Jewish|
|Sickle Cell Anemia||African, Middle Eastern, |
South Asian, Caribbean,
and South American
|Tay-Sachs Disease||Ashkenazi Jewish, Cajun|
Should you speak to a genetic counselor?
We encourage you to learn more so you can decide whether testing is right for you. A genetic counselor, a healthcare professional with special training in genetic conditions, will be able to answer your specific questions and help you make an informed decision.
Talk to your healthcare provider or click here to search for a genetic counselor near you (this link takes you to a page managed by the National Society of Genetic Counselors: http:// www.aboutgeneticcounselors.com/).
sample questions to discuss with a genetic counselor:
You do not have the variant(s) we tested. There is still a chance that you could have a variant not covered by this test.
You are a carrier and could pass the variant on to each of your children.
You will most likely pass a variant on to each of your children.
Result not determined
Your result could not be determined.
* For some reports, a customer may receive a result indicating that they have two copies of a variant. In these cases, the customer will pass a variant on to each of his or her children.
** For some reports, customers with one copy of a variant will also be told that they are at risk for developing symptoms of the condition.
*** For some reports, customers with two variants (or two copies of a variant) will also be told that they are at risk for developing symptoms of the condition.
Have a family history of a genetic condition? Planning to have children?
- Share your results with your doctor and discuss further testing options.
- You can also discuss your results with a genetic counselor (this link takes you to a page managed by the National Society of Genetic Counselors to find a genetic counselor near you: http:// www.aboutgeneticcounselors.com/ ).
Consider sharing your results with relatives.
- Your information – as well as knowing their own carrier status – may be useful to them.