Could I Have Lupus? National Awareness Campaign
The Lupus Foundation of America (LFA) is pleased to be the Founding Partner with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women’s Health (OWH) on the Ad Council's first national public awareness campaign on lupus.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease with serious consequences. An estimated 1.5 million people have lupus yet lupus continues to be one of the least publically recognized diseases and one of the most difficult to diagnose.
The multi-year campaign "Could I have lupus?" was created to raise awareness of lupus, increase recognition of lupus symptoms, and encourage those experiencing symptoms to talk to their doctor. Early diagnosis and treatment of lupus can help to prevent or reduce potentially disabling or life-threatening damage to vital organs. LFA spokesperson Mercedes Yvette was on-hand to help launch this national lupus awareness campaign, by participating in media interviews as well as the kick-off event.
If you think you may have lupus, take the Could You Have Lupus? symptom checklist. You'll find that our website includes a wealth of information from diagnosing lupus to living with lupus. People with lupus can connect with others through our message boards, stay informed about the latest lupus news through our enewsletters, and learn about LFA programs and services.
You can view the Ad Council's radio and television PSAs here.
LFA National Spokesperson Mercedes Yvette helped launch the campaign by participating in a series of interviews via satellite on radio and television stations throughout the United States. Here is a short compilation of some of these interviews.
Whether you think you might have lupus, you have lupus, or you just want learn more, the Lupus Foundation of America can help. Explore our website, and then contact the LFA office closest to you for additional help.