While it’s not the death sentence it was in the ‘80s and ‘90s, HIV and AIDS is still something you don’t want to live with. Besides the societal shame in having the disease, despite the circumstances of how you contracted it, the gradual failing of your immune system can lead to an early grave if not treated properly, and those who have it may wonder if they qualify for a disability. After all, many of the symptoms make it hard for a person to work, and you don’t want to be in a work environment where you’re prone to disease.
It is possible, but there are some circumstances. You won’t automatically get disability coverage just because you have it.
As of this article, you need to prove a few circumstances before you’re eligible for coverage. Obviously, you’ll need to provide medical documentation that proves you have HIV or AIDS. Then, you’ll need to prove the severity of your condition.
Here are some examples. You must have one or more of the following.
There are more details than just the above. These are merely examples. If you want to look at the full details, you should visit the Social Security website and find out more.
You may think you meet the criteria, but your doctor may have a second opinion, or vice versa. When you talk to a doctor, make sure they’re familiar with the new criteria. Since 2017, the government has implemented new criteria when proving disability from HIV or AIDS. If you try to prove disability based on outdated criteria, you may lose your case.
Living with HIV or AIDS can be difficult, but by qualifying for a disability, it can make life easier. If you have either disease, talk to some professionals today and weigh your options. You may be able to live a better life.