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Blood Assurance to Perform Free Sickle Cell Trait Testing at Minority Health Fair

Blood Assurance is offering attendees at an upcoming Chattanooga health fair the opportunity to find out if they carry the trait that can lead to a devastating blood disease.

The free sickle cell disease trait test will be available at this Saturday’s 22nd Annual Hamilton County Minority Health Fair. The event, being held inside the UTC University Center from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., will provide educational resources, health screenings, and health insurance options to those who may not have the opportunity to access them otherwise.

The CDC states that sickle cell disease affects approximately 100,000 Americans and occurs among about 1 out of every 365 Black births and 1 out of every 16,300 Hispanic-American births.

The testing process begins with a blood sample. Blood Assurance will collect the sample and perform the sickle cell screening test that will identify if the donor has the trait. Test results will be delivered in the mail within approximately a month.

“I am excited and proud that Blood Assurance is taking this initiative,” said Dr. Liz Culler, Blood Assurance’s chief medical officer. “Unlike patients with sickle cell disease, when someone carries the trait, they may be unaware and are at risk of having a child with the disease. Someone knowing whether they carry the trait will help that person understand the risk when planning for a family.”

Health fair attendees interested in getting tested are not required to schedule an appointment.

For more information on the health fair, visit www.sethcminorityhealthfair.com