What is Lupus

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, commonly known as Lupus, is a disorder of the immune system.  Our immune system primarily serves the purpose of defending our body against infections.  At the same time it is busy with internal housekeeping, such as removing old dysfunctional and malignant cells. 


The Lupus Foundation of Jamaica is a voluntary patient organization and has been in operation since 1984.  It aspires to  improve the outcome of Systemic Lupus  Erythematosus through a better awareness and a deeper understanding of  the disease. 

What Causes Lupus


No gene or group of genes has been proven to cause lupus. Lupus does, however, appear in certain families, and when one of two identical twins has lupus, there is an increased chance that the other twin will also develop the disease. These findings, as well as others, strongly suggest that genes are involved in the development of lupus.