Frequently Asked Questions

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If you have additional questions, please send them to screening@jnetics.org

You can either book an appointment further in advance, or wait to see if there are any cancellations. If you are pregnant and you will be over 11 weeks pregnant by the time of the next available appointment, please email screening@jnetics.org and we will try our best to accommodate your needs.

No. However the test is predominantly an Ashkenazi test, with only limited relevance for those with Sephardi-only origin. This is because, of 9 the conditions covered, 9 have increased prevalence in the Ashkenazi population, but only 2 have increased prevalence in the Sephardi population. For couples screening, who are not pregnant, we recommend the partner with the greater number of Ashkenazi Jewish grandparents screens first. If you and your partner have Sephardi-only ancestry, please email screening@jnetics.org for advise on participation in our screening.

The cost of testing for all 9 disorders is £250 per person. If you are interested in screening but are unable to afford the subsidised amount of £250, please contact us at screening@jnetics.org as there may be an option to offer some limited financial assistance.

Currently, only Tay-Sachs is covered by the NHS for the Ashkenazi Jewish community. The other conditions covered in the Jnetics screening test are not available on the NHS unless you have an established family history of a particular condition. In this case, your GP can refer you to a Regional Genetics Service for disorder-specific carrier testing where appropriate.

No. Paying is a central part of the online registration process.

If you are running late, we ask that you inform us by emailing both screening@jnetics.org and lnwh-tr.jnetics@nhs.net. We will still try and fit in your screening but if  it is likely you may need to wait until other participants have finished their appointment.

If you have booked but are unable to attend, please email screening@jnetics.org as soon as possible to enable your slot to be re-assigned. A full refund will be given up to 48 hours before your appointment was scheduled– after this, the refund will have £25 taken off for late administration costs.

Carrier testing for the Jewish genetic disorders covered in the Jnetics screening programme is very accurate, although it is important to note that no test is ever 100% accurate. This screening test detects between 94-99% of carriers in the Jewish population with detection rates varying slightly across the different conditions.

If you are not currently pregnant or not imminently wanting to conceive, it is fine for either you or your partner to get screened rather than both. We recommend the partner with the greater number of Ashkenazi grandparents to screen first. If the partner who screens first is identified as a carrier, it is recommended that the other one participates in screening. This can be done either via Jnetics or in some (but not all) scenarios via the NHS.

If you suspect that you have at least one Ashkenazi Jewish grandparent, it is still sensible to be tested. This is because if you have some Ashkenazi ancestry, you will have an increased risk relative to the general population, though this will be lower than people of full Ashkenazi descent.

Although it is advisable to have carrier screening prior to pregnancy, testing is possible if you are already pregnant. However, if you will be over 11 weeks pregnant by appointment date then please contact us at screening@jnetics.org to enable us to discuss with you the implications and options available for screening in later stage pregnancy.

It is not a problem if you have recently given birth or are currently breast feeding, you can still be screened.

Even if you already have healthy children, it is possible that future children could be affected by a Jewish genetic disorder if both partners are carriers for the same disorder. If you are considering expanding your family then testing is still relevant.

The Jnetics screen identifies carriers of all nine conditions in one go. However, if you do have a family history of a particular Jewish genetic disorder, your GP can refer you to a Regional Genetics Service for disorder-specific carrier testing where appropriate.

Jnetics screening services do NOT include screening for BRCA mutations. However, if you are concerned about cancer in your family and would like more information about how to access BRCA screening if appropriate, please contact screening@jnetics.org.

Providing a saliva sample involves spitting in to a saliva collection kit. The process is very straight forwards. Participants must remember not to eat, drink (even water), smoke or chew gum 30 minutes prior the their appointment.

You will receive your results from the Jnetics genetic counsellor via email within 8-10 weeks of the screening event. You will receive these whether or not you are found to be a carrier.

The results of your carrier screening test will be delivered directly to the Jnetics genetic counsellor at Northwick Park Hospital who will only share the results with you. The results of your test are strictly confidential and will not be shared with any additional parties unless you request otherwise.

It will not affect your own health in any way. If you are found to be a carrier and are planning a family, it is sensible for your partner to be tested. If s/he is also a carrier there will be a 1 in 4 risk of having an affected child. If s/he is not a carrier there will not be a significant risk of having an affected child.

You will have the opportunity to discuss your results with a dedicated Jnetics genetic counsellor. The implications of being a carrier are only significant if your current or future partner is also a carrier of the same condition. In this situation it will be possible to make an appointment with a genetic counsellor to discuss the different options available to reduce the risk of having an affected child.

There should not be any ramifications of being a carrier of a recessive condition with regard to any kind of insurance.

Some insurance companies may cover the cost of the Jnetics carrier screening test, however you will need to check with your individual provider directly. If you would like a service receipt from Jnetics, please contact us at screening@jnetics.org and we will be happy to provide you with one.