Autoimmune
Disease
Virus Assay
Role of viruses in
Autoimmune diseases?
Infectious Trigger
for
Autoimmunity?
High Incidence of
Autoimmune Diseases
In Women?
Molecular Mimicry
Infections and
Autoimmune
Disease
Autoimmune
Disease
After Viral Infection
T Cell Leukemia Virus
in
Autoimmune
Diseases
Viruses May Trigger
Autoimmune Diseases
                     Autoimmune Diseases

Your body's immune system protects you from disease and
infection. But if you have an autoimmune disease, your
immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by
mistake. Autoimmune diseases can affect many parts of
the body. These diseases tend to run in families. Women -
particularly African-American, Hispanic-American, and
Native-American women - have a higher risk for some
autoimmune diseases.

There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases, and
some have similar symptoms. This makes it hard for your
health care provider to know if you really have one of
these diseases, and if so, which one. Getting diagnosed
can be frustrating and stressful. In many people, the first
symptoms are being tired, muscle aches and low fever.

The diseases may also have flare-ups, when they get
worse, and remissions, when they all but disappear. The
diseases do not usually go away, but symptoms can be
treated.