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. These estimates are consider by those working within lupus communities to be very low.

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 six years of physical challenges and pain before being accurately diagnosed. The delay in diagnosis is sometimes exacerbated by a patient's unwillingness to talk about all of her/his symptoms, believing that they are not connected.

Who gets lupus? While a person of any age, race and gender may get lupus, women are more predominantly affected. People of African, Asian, Hispanic and Native American descent are 2 to 3 times more likely to have lupus. For people of color. symptoms appear at a younger age, the symptoms are more serious and they suffer increased rates of morbidity and mortality.  

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.