Many people have asked me what is the first step in the fight against Sickle Cell Aneamia.
Many had expected me to say all kinds of things but I simply answered you.
Yes, I know you would ask me, me?
Sickle Cell has no cure and the only way to eradicate the disease is by knowing if one has the disease. So the first step is taking that test called the electrophoresis test.
It is only when one knows thier status that one can know how to proceed with their life, and that includes taking conscious steps to avoid having the disease reappear in the genes of future generations.
Now since there is no cure for sickle cell disease, the only way to wipe it out is by elimination. By doing every thing to eliminate the S genes. This can only be done when people with sickle cell marry none sickle cell persons. By so doing, the S gene is eliminated along the line.
So the maths will be something like :
SS marries AA = kids who will be AS now these kids marry AA which is :
AS marries AA = probability of kids being mostly AA or some being AS but with a weaker S gene.
Now if we continue crossing off these weakened S genes to a none sickle cell phone A gene, way down generations, the S gene will finally disappear.
It is for this reason that everyone should know thier status. But again knowing one's status makes you better informed when taking life decisions like who to marry or just makes you understand yourself better and body better.