Sickle cell disease affects an estimated 100,000 people in the U.S., most of whom are African-American. According to NPR, “Federal and charitable dollars dedicated to sickle cell pale in comparison to other less common diseases that affect a majority white patients. Physicians and researchers say the disease is a stark example of the health inequities which pervade the U.S. health system.”
For example, there is little known about sickle cell disease’s impact on fertility, “and lack of reproductive and sexual health care for the young people living with this complex disease.”
You can listen to the full report at NPR.org. And if you or a loved one are impacted by sickle cell disease, contact our office to discuss your options.