Opt-In for Prenatal Genetic Screening
Ask your OBGYN for the most extensive genetic screening available for both you and your partner, regardless of your hereditary background. If they will not provide testing, visit JScreen. Despite its name, it provides genetic testing program for all Americans.
Anyone can be a carrier of Tay-Sachs. Proper blood enzyme testing is necessary to determine if you are a carrier. Ask your primary doctor or OBGYN for testing, contact www.nsgc.org for a genetic counselor near you, or visit www.tay-sachs.org to see if you qualify for free testing. Please note that doctors and genetic counselors often say that only certain groups who are high-risk (i.e., have a rate of 1 out of 30) should be tested, but everyone is at risk and entitled to know their carrier status even if your risk is "only" 1 out of 250. It is important to have what is called the blood enzyme test to measure the amount of enzyme in your blood in combination with DNA testing. The blood enzyme level cannot be measured from your saliva.