Why Should You Be Tested
In Pittsburgh, 1 in 3.6 Jews screened for 38+ recessive disorders were carriers of at least one disease gene. In saliva screening for 38+ disorders, the rate was 1 in 2 people was a carrier.
Without the knowledge of your carrier status, you lose the ability to make appropriate family planning decisions.
The important facts are that if you are a carrier, you do not express the disease. However, if you are a carrier, your partner should be screened in order to ascertain that the partner does not have the same recessive mutation. Carrier couples have a 25% chance in EVERY pregnancy of having a baby with a devastating, sometimes early-onset fatal, disease.