This observational, non-medication study's purpose is to help learn more about the immune system's inflammation process involved in lupus. The study will be enrolling both lupus and non-lupus (healthy control) females aged 18 and older who identify as Black/African American and Non-Hispanic or White and Non-Hispanic for this comparison study. Participation involves a one-time blood collection.
There are no direct benefits in participating, but it is hoped information learned may help us to develop a better understanding of lupus. Compensation is available for participation.
This is a study looking at the effects of Belimumab, a medication approved by the FDA to treat lupus, in people who have been recently diagnosed with lupus. It proposes that the early use of Belimumab may prevent long-term tissue damage from the disease. The study will last 2 years with clinic visits every 4 weeks.