Information for Families about Sickle Cell Disease

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This section of the website has tools and information about sickle cell disease (SCD) for families.

How much do you know about SCD?
Take this quiz to test your knowledge.

Facts about SCD
Learn basic information about SCD, including types, symptoms, and diagnoses.

Complications and Treatments
Find out about the most common complications and treatments with SCD

Sickle Cell Trait
Learn about sickle cell trait concerns and complications.

Tips for Healthy Living
Find printable tip sheets for living with SCD, including tips to help prevent infection and tips on when to see a doctor. Click on one of the following tip sheets to get started.

Steps to Better Health Toolkit
In partnership with the American Society of Hematology (ASH), CDC has created health guidance materials for people with sickle cell disease  (SCD) based on the ASH Clinical Practice Guidelines on Sickle Cell Diseaseexternal icon. These materials include common complications of SCD and steps to take for better health.

Links to Other Websites
Find more information about SCD, including support groups, genetic counseling, and clinical research trials.