Welcome to the forum. Your friend is very lucky to have you as a friend. It is good that you have come here to find out as much as you can about Lupus. My name is Kathy and I have SLE, Lupus. I have had this illness for about 45 years. I feel bad that your friend feels that he can not have a relationship due to this illness. He should be able to have a relationship. I am married and have been married for 26 years. My husband and I have raised our two children together and they are now grown up and on their own. Yes Lupus is a hard illness to live with, but you can still lead pretty normal life. They have really good medications available to treat Lupus. There is no cure for this illness, but maybe one day there will be. Like I said your friend should be able to date and have a normal life. I hope that you keep posting. There will be others that come in here and they may have more information for you.
Lupus for many years. Like most of my life. Sjogrens that started at 35 and Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteo-Arthritis of the spine, Ankylosing Spondilitis, Periferal Neuropathy, mild CP and now just recently diagnosed with PA. I had a disc replaced in December of 2007.
Plaquenil, Sulindac, Imuran, Celiac diet, Tramadol and B12 shot once a month.