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Why selective marriage can’t help people with Sickle Cell disorder —Expert


Sickle cell disorder is a distinct medical condition best managed by an excellent mix of preventive, curative and social medicine. The natural cause of sickle cell disorder and attempts by medical science to improve the quality of life of people affected with this disorder are well known. However, it remains disturbing that ignorance, discrimination and stigmatization continue to challenge efforts by science to manage the disorder.

In the area of relationships which includes dating, marriage and choice of spouse; ignorance, discrimination and stigmatization continue to have leading negative impacts in the lives of persons with sickle cell disorder and carriers of the sickle cell gene, that is, persons with Haemoglobin genotype AS (Hb AS). Issues occurring in relationships involving individuals with sickle cell disorder and sickle cell trait include:

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