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Genetic Etiquette

Recent advances in technology enable people to find out their genetic status of inherited diseases. Often, genetic information profoundly impacts an individual’s life choices and his or her way of being in the world. It is an extremely intimate issue.

Unless you share your most private thoughts and feelings with each other, it is prying and inappropriate to ask about genetic status. There may be other ways to let a person know you care and want to support them.

If the individual chooses to share this with you, there may be a certain time and place for such a personal conversation. It is an honor to be trusted with such intimate information and you should be prepared and committed to keep the information a complete secret.

These tips may help you be supportive and sensitive to those who may or may not know their genetic status.

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