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World AUTOimmune & AUTOinflammatory Arthritis Day

World AiArthritis Day is an annual event to "drive" global awareness about AiArthritis diseases with a focus on the type of arthritis associated with them. This day was established by IFAA in 2012 in response to a global plea from patients to help both the public and the medical community recognize the type of arthritis associated with having an autoimmune or autoinflammatory disease is different than having the more common type of arthritis due to aging, wear and tear, or injury.

Why "AUTO"?

There is a play on the word "AUTO" because, just like an automobile, our diseases do not impact one part of our bodies (aka a tire, an engine, a headlight all make up the automobile), they impact our entire body, with many components that may need to be maintained. Additionally, while each one of us may have the same diagnosis (much like the same make and model of a vehicle), each one of us is unique, or customized, per individual.  This often contributes to difficulty in detection, referrals, and early diagnosis, which results in delays in treatment, compromised quality of life, and less chance for remission. Using an analogy like AUTO in the Autoimmune Arthritis and Autoinflammatory Arthritis can hopefully creatively help educate both the public and medical community about our diseases - and the difference between the arthritis associated with them from the more common type.

What is AiArthritis?

Autoimmune Arthritis and Autoinflammatory Arthritis (AiArthritis) refer to the type of inflammation-driven arthritis caused by Autoimmune and Autoinflammatory diseases (Ai diseases).

While the arthritis component unites these diseases, because they are autoimmune and autoinflammatory in nature, they affect more than just the joints. The inflammation travels through the bloodstream, so it affects the whole body, often targeting tissues and organs.  

While there are over 100 diseases that can involve joint inflammation (arthritis), 80 - 100 autoimmune diseases, and more than two-dozen autoinflammatory diseases, only a small percentage are both autoimmune or autoinflammatory and include inflammation-driven arthritis as a clinical presentation either at onset or early disease ( < 12 months).  


This year, the International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis are inviting YOU to take awareness to YOUR home, your communities, your world - and let's build on this every year using the AUTO theme. Together we can change the way people look at our type of arthritis!

Source: International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis