Where to find autoimmune hepatitis support online

Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a rare disease in which the body's immune system attacks the cells of the liver, causing chronic inflammation and potentially serious damage to liver cells. 

Living with a rare disease can feel isolating, but support networks are out there. Here are three online platforms where you can find AIH support that is right for you and your loved ones. 

Where to find AIH support online

The Autoimmune Hepatitis Association: AIHA’s mission is to “provide support and hope to patients and families affected by autoimmune hepatitis through disease education and provision of research opportunities.” On their site, they offer listings of patient-preferred AIH doctors, AIHA webinars, links to relevant social media feeds, and a list of other helpful resources, like the Mayo Clinic, the American Liver Foundation, and the National Institute of Health. 

Facebook groups: There’s a Facebook group for everything these days. AIH support groups are no exception. 

If you don’t find what you need on Facebook, consider creating your own group!

Reddit: r/autoimmunehepatitis is the place on Reddit to get support, answers, and discussions regarding AIH. Discussion topics range from feelings around COVID-19 and AIH, getting tests and receiving treatments, AIH diets, common symptoms, and clinical research studies. Another good resource is r/autoimmunity, which is a subreddit to provide support for those diagnosed with (or are relatives/friends of those diagnosed with) an autoimmune or autoinflammatory disease.