Lupus Facts Quiz — The Results

Over 2,700 people took our lupus quiz. See what they knew in our pie (charts)!

A month ago, we posted a quiz to see how much people know about lupus. The quiz was made up of 5 questions: 3 multiple choice and 2 True/False.

In total, 2,768 people took the quiz. Only 17% of people got all the answers correct. Or, only 465 out of 2,768 responses.

Read below to see which questions were the most difficult for people to answer correctly.

Only 17% of people aced the lupus quiz
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Lupus Quiz Final Scores

  • Zero
  • One
  • Two
  • Three
  • Four
  • Five
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Lupus Quiz Total Results

Most respondents were able to correctly answer at least a couple of questions about lupus. Less than 1% of people couldn’t answer at least two questions correctly.

66% of people got either 3 or 4 questions correct. Let’s dive in and look at the individual questions, starting with the questions that caused the most trouble for our respondents.


How many doctors does it take to get a lupus diagnosis on average?

The most missed question on the quiz, getting a lupus diagnosis can be a difficult journey for many people. In fact, we have a whole article dedicated to the difficulties of getting a lupus diagnosis. It is not surprising that this question was answered incorrectly by more than half of people – it is both surprising and unfortunate that the diagnosis process is complex for so many individuals.

The correct answer, based on survey results, is: Over 4.

Only 48% (1,316 of 2768) people accurately selected that it requires seeing more than four doctors on average to receive a lupus diagnosis. 26% of responses thought it would take 3 or 4 doctors to diagnose.

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How Many Docs Before Getting a Lupus Diagnosis

  • Just 1
  • 2 to 3
  • 3 to 4
  • Over 4
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What percentage of lupus sufferers are women?

Another question that was difficult for many people was the percentage of people with lupus that are female. The answer, explored in our lupus facts article, is that an astonishing 90% of people with lupus are female.

Only 49% of people got this answer correct. While this was the largest vote receiving answer, nearly 43% of people guessed that 70% of people impacted were women. This may reflect that people did not understand the degree to which lupus disproportionately impacts females.

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What Percent of People with Lupus are Female?

  • 20%
  • 50%
  • 70%
  • 90%
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Lupus affects all races/ethnicities equally – T/F?

With only 53% (1462 of 2768 respondents) of people getting this question correct, it seems that many people were simply guessing on this True or False question. The fact is, lupus disproportionately impacts people of color as compared to Caucasians. This includes African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders. For additional information on the impact of race and ethnicity, read the facts about lupus.

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Lupus impacts all races/ethnicities equally. True or False?

  • True
  • False
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The other lupus quiz questions

Despite these difficult questions, there is still reason to be optimistic about people’s understanding and awareness of lupus!

98% of people knew that lupus is an autoimmune disease
And, 98% knew that there is no cure


These final two questions highlight that there is some understanding among respondents as to the nature of lupus. Many groups, including the Lupus Foundation of America, work to advance awareness and understanding of lupus. It is very possible that messaging about what lupus is, and the need to research potential cures, is successful.

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