Lupus is a condition in which the immune system backtracks and attacks the cells and tissues of the body which are healthy, resulting in the damage of several body parts. This is why lupus is classified as an autoimmune disease. It is not contagious and cannot be transmitted through any contact whether sexual or not from one person to the other.
Nevertheless, it is possible that pregnant women having lupus transfer it to the child at birth. These cases of lupus are known as neonatal lupus. Because of its very complex nature, lupus is called the disease of thousand faces.
Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms are often similar to those of other conditions. The most obvious sign of lupus, formation of the facial rash like the wings of a butterfly that develops on both cheeks, appears in many cases of lupus, but not in all. Some people are born with a tendency to develop lupus, which can be caused by infections, certain medications or even the sun. Although lupus cannot be cured, treatments can lessen the symptoms.