Thinking about starting a family? You could be a carrier of the world’s most common inherited blood disorders.

Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell anaemia are devastating lifelong illnesses that require frequent hospital visits, blood transfusions, regular medications and treatments.

If both you and your partner are Thalassaemia or Sickle Cell trait carriers there is a possibility that you can pass this condition on to your children.

Families from the following regions are most at risk: The Mediterranean, Middle East, India, South East Asia, China, North and Sub-Saharan Africa as well as regions of Central and South America.

It is possible you may have the trait and be unaware, however, with proper advice and medical support it is possible to plan a healthy family.

To find out if you are a carrier, all it takes is a simple blood test at your GP and it’s bulk billed for the majority of cases.

Planning a family in the future? Think of your babies, get informed and book in with your GP for a test today!

For support or to find out more, please visit www.knowmytrait.org or email the Thalassaemia Society of NSW Inc at Coordinator@thalnsw.org.au and talk to your healthcare provider for more details.