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Am J Med Genet. 1987 Feb;26(2):295-305.

At-risk persons' attitudes toward presymptomatic and prenatal testing of Huntington disease in Michigan.


One hundred fifty-five individuals at 50% risk of inheriting Huntington disease (HD) were given a questionnaire surveying their sociodemographic characteristics, experience with HD, and attitudes toward presymptomatic and prenatal testing in HD. About two-thirds (63.2%) of the persons indicated they would take a presymptomatic test even if no specific treatment was available. Although one-half (49%) of the respondents stated they would make use of a prenatal test, only 43% of these individuals would decide to terminate a heterozygous fetus. Presymptomatic test results indicating carrier status would influence some of the respondents' decisions about marriage and childbearing. This strong interest of at-risk persons to make use of both presymptomatic and prenatal diagnosis in HD indicates the need for well-organized testing programs. These programs must be designed to address the genetic, psychosocial, and ethical issues that may arise in the use of this type of genetic test.

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