Lupus is an autoimmune inflammatory disease that currently affects over 17,000 people in the state. It causes the immune system to mistakenly attack the body’s own healthy cells and tissue; symptoms of the disease include fatigue, hair loss, painful or swollen joints, fever, skin rashes and kidney problems. It is a chronic disease that attacks different parts of the body and has no known cause and no known cure. A prompt diagnosis is essential in preventing early organ damage and death.
Nationally, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH) distributed new radio public service advertisements this past May to alert Hispanic women.
In Connecticut, the Lupus Foundation of America has begun to try and raise awareness about the disease in the state’s Latino community. Its CEO and President, Michael Tommasi, has met with Hispanic community leaders to help …