Question: Can I get Social Security disability for HIV?
Answer: No, you probably can’t get Social Security disability simply for being HIV+. You can certainly get Social Security disability if you have full blown AIDS but being HIV+ is rarely enough these days.
Of course, the good news is that being HIV+, while not great, is not all that bad these days. Medicines usually control the HIV infection and allow those who are HIV+ to live fairly normal lives without serious side effects from the medications.
There are a few people who suffer from severe side effects from the medicines they take for HIV. If you are in this category, we may be able to help you. There are a few people who do not technically have AIDS but who have severe symptoms from their HIV infection. Most, if not all, of these people are rapidly approaching full blown AIDS. We may be able to help you if you in this situation.
Most of the HIV+ people who contact us have other health problems which are causing them far more symptoms than their HIV. Hepatitis C, for instance, is common among those who are HIV+. There may be other more routine health problems such as arthritis or depression.
If you are HIV+ and feel that you are disabled, contact us. We’ll be happy to talk with you.