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Jewish Brides-To-Be: Are YOU A Tay-Sachs Carrier?

Updated on December 17, 2015
Are YOU carriers of Tay-Sachs Disease?
Are YOU carriers of Tay-Sachs Disease?

What Is Tay-Sachs Disease?

Tay-Sachs Disease is a genetic disorder that affects children. It's always fatal and most kids who acquire it don't survive to reach their fifth birthday.

The disease is most prevalent in Jews of Eastern European descent, called Ashkenazi Jews. In the United States, it's estimated that one in every 27 Jews is a Tay-Sachs carrier.

A simple blood test determines whether or not you carry the Tay-Sachs gene.
A simple blood test determines whether or not you carry the Tay-Sachs gene.

How to Prevent Tay-Sachs Disease?

Tay-Sachs occurs when both parents carry a Tay-Sachs gene. They, in turn, transmit their defective genes to their child. The child that receives two defective genes, one from each parent, will develop Tay-Sachs Disease.

If you are Jewish and your fiancé is Jewish, it is critical to be tested to see if one or both of you are Tay-Sachs carriers.

The key to prevention is to get tested! A simple blood test is all it takes.

Don't jeopardize the health of your future children!
Don't jeopardize the health of your future children!

Facts About Tay-Sachs Disease and More Info...

People that only have one Tay-Sachs gene are carriers of the disease, although they may be perfectly healthy.

When both parents are carriers of the Tay-Sachs gene, there's a 25% chance that they will have a child who develops Tay-Sachs Disease.

When one parent is a carrier, there is no chance the child will develop Tay-Sachs. However, there's a 50% chance with each pregnancy of having a child who is a Tay-Sachs carrier.

Moral of the Story: If you and your fiance are possible carriers of this disease, you need to be tested before you jeopardize the fate of your future children! It's the right thing to do!

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