How Do I Qualify for Disability Benefits with HIV or AIDS?
Social Security has a complex series of qualifications your condition must meet to receive disability benefits. The bottom line is you must prove you cannot work.
To begin, you must present a definitive diagnosis of HIV or AIDS through lab tests or a detailed report from your doctor. You must also show that your HIV/AIDS diagnosis has led to one of the following disorders:
- Multicentric Castleman disease, a condition that negatively impacts multiple sets of lymph nodes
- Cancer, such as lymphoma or pulmonary Kaposi sarcoma
- A white blood cell count low enough to qualify
- Viral, fungal or skin disorders that leave you unable to work
- A pattern of hospitalization from symptoms such as depression, diarrhea, immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome, malnutrition or others
For hospitalizations, you will need to show you have been admitted to a hospital at least three times at least 30 days apart in a 12-month period.
Even if you don’t meet one of these qualifications, you can still be eligible for disability benefits. In those cases, you must show your condition severely limits normal activities, from physical movement to social interaction to completing tasks in a timely manner.
The advocates at Hanley Disability can help you through these hoops. You can get started today with a FREE consultation of your disability claim.