Marital status and age of SLE diagnosis: the potential for differences related to sex and gender

New research suggests women with lupus are less likely to be married compared to the general population, particularly those who were diagnosed before the age of 30. Marital status was especially low among women with childhood onset lupus.

The study assessed marital status among 382 people with lupus and compared participants with the general population based on their gender and age of lupus onset. The researchers found one-third of women with cSLE were married or in common-law marriages, which was 28% lower than their general population counterparts. Additionally, 50% of women diagnosed between age 18 and 30 were married or in common-law marriages, which was 14% less than general population rates. Researchers did not find a significant difference for women diagnosed after age 30 or for males.

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