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01-11-2015, 01:03 AM   #1
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Can you catch autoimmune disease?

I dated a girl with an auto immune disease, six months later I was diagnosed with one. I was diagnosed with crohns, she had rheumatoid arthritis.
01-11-2015, 03:03 AM   #2
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No, auto immune diseases are not passed from person to person like a cold or flu. If it helps any, I've been married to my husband for 15 years as of this coming March. I have IBD and he's never come down with it. An auto immune disease is passed genetically.

This is probably more info than you're looking for. But, it should explain some things for you.
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01-11-2015, 09:58 PM   #3
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current science shows it may be a lack of bacteria that is responsible for IBD crohn's. its not transmissable, we would have lots of evidence of that by now from people living with their families getting infected and such, we totally would know that by now for sure. answer is no.
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