Sex affects immunity.
Posted 11 April 2012 - 05:15 AM
Females have a lower burden of bacterial, viral and parasitic infections, most evident during their reproductive years. Conversely, females have a higher prevalence of a number of autoimmune diseases, including Sjogren's syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and multiple sclerosis (MS). PubMed. J Autoimmun. 2012 Jan 4. (Also see: Causes of Scleroderma: Hormones/Chromosomes)
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