Autoimmune colors

Autoimmune ribbon colors

The use of different colors and different colored ribbons, was created to bring awareness to different issues including health and disease conditions.  The colors bring awareness, education, understanding and support for people affected by these disorders and wearing your colors helps bring awareness to that specific condition. Keep in mind though that some colors are used by more than one advocacy group for example purple is for Migraine awareness, Crohn's Disease and Colitis awareness, Cancer survivors, Sarcoidosis awareness, Fibromyalgia, Lupus and Peripheral Neuropathy to name just a few.

The history of the coloured ribbons seem to stem back to the early 1980's when yellow became the color for safe return from war.  Because of the then popular song titled, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree” Penny Laingen tied yellow ribbons around trees near her home to show her support for her husband and his safe return from Iran. In 1986 rainbow colored ribbons were used at the London AIDS Faith Alliance conference.  In 1991 the pink ribbon became the official symbol for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The popularity of these ribbons inspired many other organizations to use a colored ribbon to symbolize and represent their cause.

Here I have tried to list the Autoimmune conditions in alphabetical order and their colors,  If you would like to make any corrections or additions please leave a comment here on this post. Go to the list of colors.

Autoimmune colors for awaeness


  1. MCTD is purple & blue 💜💙

  2. Thanks so much Jenny, I will add it

  3. I didn't see histiocytosis, or HLH on the list, if so please disregard. The cause ribbon for this one is navy blue. Thanks for creating this list; very informative and helpful!

  4. I didn't see histiocytosis, or HLH, on your list but if I'm simply overlooking it please disregard this. The cause ribbon for HLH is navy blue. Thanks so much for creating such a list. It's both very informative and helpful. I sell origami owl personalized jewelry and often times people come to me wanting to create a living locket in memory of or even for someone who has some sort of health issue and I find myself searching for the right color ribbon for whatever ​it may be they want to support.

    1. Hi, HLH is not actually an autoimmune disease but thanks for sharing and I love what you do with the origami and jewelry. Causes of HLH can be tick-borne parasitic infection, Epstein-Barr virus infection, a complication of dengue or Scrub typhus

  5. Anonymous6:39 PM

    ITP is actually purple now. Purple for platelets!

  6. I believe Fibromyalgia is purple

  7. I DIDN'T SEE CREST DISEASE OR Hidradenitis suppurativa!


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