Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Panel (AJGP) - Who Should Be Tested?
Genetic tests can be done for anyone who wants to know whether he or she is a carrier of certain diseases. The Ashkenazi Jewish genetic panel (AJGP) shows the chance of having a child with a disease that is more common among people of Eastern European Jewish heritage. Anyone who is interested in knowing his or her carrier status can ask for the test, but a doctor must order it.
Genetic test results often raise ethical, religious, or legal concerns. You should have genetic counseling before making a decision about testing. Genetic counselors are trained to explain the test and its possible results clearly. A genetic counselor can help you make well-informed decisions.
An AJGP may be recommended for people of Eastern European Jewish heritage, including:
- Partners of people with diseases on the test panel.
- Couples planning to have children.
- Pregnant women (and their partners) who seek prenatal care, whether they have a history of genetic diseases or not.
- Adults with a positive family history of a disease that is on the test panel.
If only one member of a couple has Ashkenazi Jewish heritage, that person is tested first. If test results show that the person is a carrier of a genetic disease, then his or her partner also should be tested.