- One in four adults who thought they had sickle cell disease (SCD) did not actually have it or even the gene (sickle cell trait) that causes it.
- About 3 million people living in the US do have sickle cell trait, but many are unaware of their status [PDF-222KB].
- You could have a baby with SCD [PDF-1.3MB] if both you and your partner have sickle cell disease, sickle cell trait, or another abnormal hemoglobin gene. Alocal sickle cell center can help you get screened and learn your status.
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