No, you cannot develop sickle cell anemia as an adult. It is an inherited condition and will be present from birth. In the United States, all births are screened for sickle cell anemia.
- Q How does sickle cell anemia affect men differently than women?
- Q What increases my risk for sickle cell disease?
- Q How does sickle cell anemia affect the body?
- Q How many people get sickle cell anemia?
- Q Is sickle cell trait (SCT) contagious?
- Q What is sickle-hemoglobin C (Hb S-C) disease?