By: Kyle Snyder
Hemophilia is a blood disease that occurs only in males. Approximately 1 in 4,000 babies have this disease.
Hemophilia was discovered by Judith Pool sometime in the 1960s. This disease occurs when there is a faulty gene on the X chromosomes. Hemophilia shortens the lifespan of a human drastically. If not treated, the infected would die before adult hood.
The side effects include one or more of the following
Bleeding in joints with swelling
Blood in urine or stool
Urinary/Gastrointestinal tract hemorrhage
To determine if you have Hemophilia, a doctor will preform a set of specific blood tests to see if your blood is clotting properly. Once diagnosed, every time you bleed you must inject a blood clot into your vein to replace the missing one.
Hemophilia currently has two organizations that is supporting the disease. These are the National Hemophilia Foundation and the Hemophilia Foundation of America.