Why to get tested?
To determine if you have sickle cell trait or disease by measuring the presence and relative amount of hemoglobin S
When to get tested?
Routinely as part of a newborn screen or whenever it is necessary to determine whether someone is a sickle cell carrier or has sickle cell anemia, particularly in the African American population
What sample needed?
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm or obtained from the heel or finger of an infant
What preparation I need before test?
None; however, if this test is used for diagnosis, the sample should not be drawn after a recent blood transfusion.