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Take Time, Know Your Status #TTKYS – is an Ohio campaign focused on raising awareness of Sickle Cell Disease, Sickle Cell Trait and Hemoglobin Status. The message of “Take Time, Know Your Status”, hones in on the personal responsibility of each individual to know if they carry the gene for Sickle Cell or other Hemoglobin Disorder and the importance of getting TESTED!

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately three million people in the U.S. have Sickle Cell Trait. Thousands more are unaware of their trait status. “It is important for individuals to know if they carry the gene for sickle cell prior to having children” says Cheryl Jones, Project Coordinator for the Sickle Cell Services Program at the Ohio Department of Health. “If both parents have sickle cell trait, there is a 25% chance with each pregnancy that their child will have sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is a serious, life-long blood disease. That is why it is so important to know your sickle status.”

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Get all the facts Sickle Cell from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention