Diagnostic DNA testing... What are your thoughts and feelings about it?

United States
May 3, 2008 6:11pm CST
If you could have a diagnostic test to look at your DNA and to tell you if you will have a health problem in the future would you want to take the test? Would you want to know if you had anything in your DNA that could cause anything in the future? Or would you rather not know? Would you change your life style if you found out that the DNA showed a possible health concern? What fears or worries would you have about getting DNA testing?
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@goergineo (1498)
• Jordan
3 May 08
I have no fears about it. It sound great. I you could know the risks that you may be exposed in the future, that would save you a lot of money, effort and make you healthier. I really like it.
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• United States
4 May 08
It seems like the tests now just tell you odds of something happening and not if it actually will happen... Wondering how it would save you money?
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
4 May 08
naw I am finding out to much now by getting it no need to know anything more
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• United States
4 May 08
You now know that the odds of getting what you got already were 100%.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
4 May 08
Thats what they tell me anyhow That if someone in my family has it I will get it no matter what I did or could have done no way to win there
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@plumwish07 (4060)
• Indonesia
4 May 08
well. DNA test is kind test that i never faced in mylife and i don't know how is the procedure. first of all, surely it will make me worries to take DNA test for the first time and i think there is nothing wrong to know if there is any possibility to have health problem in future. in fact, we can arrange it into good thing, right? so the future health problem would not be exist in our selves
• United States
4 May 08
I would say that it could be that these tests have their good points and not so good points... There is a need to insure that those who are having these tests are protected and that this information is not used against them in any way. It would be unwise to have these tests unless a person knows for sure that their employer and insurance companies, and the government would not have access to them and would not be able to select or deselect them for coverage, jobs, etc. based on these tests. There are also presently dating agencies in which these tests are used to match people so that genetic disorders can be prevented... This is an area with a lot of questions... not enough answers yet and not the way to really tell what the DNA tests can be used for or if they will help a person prevent any diseases or cause a person to be more healthy.
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• Indonesia
4 May 08
i agree with your point in here dear friend . totally agree
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
4 May 08
Take the DNA test? Yes. I guest I won't mind, knowing whats ahead since you stated the test would tell the odds of getting it. Like the hereditary ailments, I know our family history so more or less I would be having it too(hope you get my point). If its bad then I would be able to prepare for it.
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• United States
4 May 08
Wondering if you would mind others having the information about you... Here in the States there was recently a bill passed in House and Senate so that insurance companies and employers, excluding the military, cannot discriminate on the basis of DNA tests... But there are those who still fear that if these results got out there could be problems... wondering if you have thought about this?
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
4 May 08
Oh, I see, I was looking at the other way here. I have thought of the patient-doctor confidentiality thing here and given it some weight. This is certainly a mighty tool for insurance company.
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@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
13 May 08
Thanks for this one.
• United States
13 May 08
DNA is a private matter. I don't put much stock in those test, although they can tell you what might kill you, it can't predict a car crash or violent crime happening to you. Life is short so if someone wanted to know, say if they were adopted, I could see the preventative measure being put in place.
• United States
13 May 08
So you would see it as an option but you yourself would not use it... Thanks for posting here.