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Who gets reactive arthritis?

Reactive arthritis can affect people of all ages, including children. It generally affects a younger average age group than rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.

Although there isn’t a family tendency to develop reactive arthritis, if you have a particular gene, HLA-B27, you may be more likely to develop the condition. This gene is carried by about 1 in 14 (7%) of the general population. Having the HLA-B27 gene could also make you more likely to have further episodes of reactive arthritis in the future.

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