Overview & Facts

With the basic facts about lupus, you’ll have a better picture of what’s going on. These overview articles will put the disease and its causes into perspective.

Lupus Basics

Lupus affects people of African, Asian, or Native American descent three times as often as it affects whites. Nine out of 10 people with lupus are women.

Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Understanding Lupus

Lupus is a lifelong disorder of the immune system. Immune cells attack the body's own healthy tissues, leading to inflammation and tissue damage.


Genetics play a role in lupus, but other factors can trigger this autoimmune disease.

What Increases Your Risk

The chances of developing lupus are higher if you are female, and if you have these risk factors.


Find tips on managing lupus symptoms.