I saw where it said Lupus overreacts and destroys healthy cells. Someone asked me what is the difference between LUpus and Aids? All I know is that is underreacts? Which confused me. Anyone know how to explain to friends and family the difference?
This may be an extreme simplification of it...but I tell people that in AIDS the immune system shuts down and cannot fight anything and in LUPUS the immune system is overactive and attacks everything including it's own body.
Many differences... AIDS has a known cause (virus), which destroys a part of the immune system making them immunodeficient. It is contagious through intimate contact, blood transfusions, shared needle use.
On the other hand lupus has no known cause (probably genetic basis/susceptibility with some environmental effect too), the immune system is overactive & attacks apparently healthy cells. It is NOT contagious.
These are just a few more of the differences between AIDS and lupus!
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