FAQs

Is lupus cancer or contagious? Lupus is not cancer, it is not AIDS and it is not contagious. It is an autoimmune disease, which means the body's natural defense against viruses, bacteria and foreign materials gets confused and begins attacking itself.

Is lupus rare? Lupus is not rare. More than 105,000 New York residents, between 1.5 and 2 million people in the U.S. and an estimated 5 million people worldwide have lupus.

Why isn't lupus better understood? Lupus is known as the "great imitator", because it mirrors so many other diseases, making it difficult to diagnose and treat. A person with lupus endures an average of five years of physical challenges and pain before being accurately diagnosed. 

Who gets lupus? While a person of any age, race and gender may get lupus, 90% of lupus patients are women between the ages of 15 and 45. People of African, Asian, Hispanic and Native American descent are 2 to 3 times more likely to have lupus.

Can a woman with lupus still have children? While women with lupus were once told they could not or should not have children, it is possible for a woman who has lupus to have a healthy child. Keeping all doctors informed of your condition and tracking  your lupus symptoms is an essential part of the prenatal, birth and postnatal process.

If I have lupus, will my children have it? Children born to a parent with lupus have a 5% chance of having the disease themselves.

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