Do You Know Lupus?

Lupus is a complex disease, but how much do you know about the basics? Test your general lupus knowledge with this quiz.

Is lupus contagious?


No: Lupus is not contagious, not even through sexual contact. You cannot "catch" lupus from someone or "give" lupus to someone.

Is lupus a form of cancer?


No: Lupus is not like or related to cancer. Cancer is a condition of malignant, abnormal tissues that grow rapidly and spread into surrounding tissues. Lupus is an autoimmune disease. However, some treatments for lupus may include immunosuppressant drugs that are also used in chemotherapy.

Which of these symptoms is a sign of lupus?

Painful or swollen joints
Butterfly-shaped rash across cheeks and nose
Hair loss
All of the above

All of these are symptoms of lupus. Other symptoms include: headaches; extreme fatigue; anemia; swelling in feet, hands, legs, or around eyes; pain in chest on deep breathing; sun- or light-sensitivity; abnormal blood clotting; fingers turning white or blue when cold; and mouth or nose ulcers.

Is lupus related to HIV/AIDS?


No: Lupus is not like or related to HIV (Human Immune Deficiency Virus) or AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). In HIV or AIDS the immune system is underactive; in lupus, the immune system is overactive.

Is lupus life-threatening?

Depends on the severity

Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening and should always be treated by a doctor. With good medical care, most people with lupus can lead a full life.

Can children have lupus?


Thousands of children and teens in the U.S. are living with lupus. In children, lupus tends to be more aggressive and severe than it is in adults. The symptoms are more intense, and the disease can have long-term effects on a child’s growth, quality of life, and even how long they live.

How many years on average does it take to get an accurate lupus diagnosis from the time when symptoms are first presented?

1 year
3 years
6 years
10 years

It takes an average of six years to get an accurate lupus diagnosis. That’s six years of pain, fatigue, and confusion -- and it’s six years too many.

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