Double Screening Sickle Cell and HIV

An innovative approach to screening infants in Uganda for sickle cell disease—the world’s most prevalent genetic disorder—presents an opportunity to improve diagnosis of the condition in other African countries.

Research conducted by US and Ugandan scientists used residual dried blood spots collected from 10 regions for Uganda’s Early Infant Diagnosis program for HIV to screen for sickle cell disease.

A commentary in The Lancet Global Health concludes that the integration of sickle cell testing with existing screening programs may be a first step in making timely diagnoses in countries with poor sickle cell survival rates and insufficient health care infrastructure.

The Lancet Global Health

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