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Myths About Huntington' Disease

Huntington's Disease Center at Johns Hopkins



HD is a male disease.False. Both men and women can be born with the HD gene.
If you have the gene you will start showing symptoms at the same age as your parents.False. If your mother is affected with HD it is more likely you will have a similar age of onset. If your father is affected with HD you have the potential of developing the disease at an earlier age than he did.
Right now there is a cure for HD.False. Right now we are able to treat the symptoms of HD (i.e. anxiety, depression, involuntary movements), but at this time there is no cure.
HD can skip generations.False. The HD gene mutation never skips a generation. However, if someone dies young of another cause, no one might know that the person had the HD gene mutation.