Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Panel (AJGP) - What If I Am a Carrier?
It is more common to be a
carrier of a genetic disease, such as
cystic fibrosis (CF), than to have the disease. If
tests show that you are a carrier of a disease, your partner also should be
tested. Both parents must be carriers of a disease for a child to get the
The tests are not 100% accurate, so a person may test
negative and yet be a carrier. If you are a carrier and your partner tests
negative, there is still a very small chance that you will have a child with
If you and your partner are
both carriers of the same genetic disease, there is a 1-in-4 (25%) chance that your
child will have the disease.
- If you are not already pregnant, you may wish
genetic counseling to understand your risks and
options if you decide to have children.
- If you are already
pregnant, you may wish to have tests, such as
chorionic villus sampling, to help find out whether
your baby has a disease.