Determining Social Security Disability Eligibility for HIV/AIDS
We are a long way from the 1980s when a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS meant a fatal outcome in the near future. Today, even though people with HIV/AIDS can expect to live long lives with antiretroviral drugs, the condition itself can make it difficult for people to work full-time.
Persons living with HIV/AIDS can face a number of physical and mental impairments that make it difficult to work full time. These people are subject to bacterial, fungal and viral infections, skin impairments, as well as neurological and hematological impairments. They may suffer from chronic diarrhea, fatigue, cardiac problems including cardiomyopathy, as well as an increased risk of cancer. Persons living with HIV may also be at risk for mental problems, including depression and anxiety.
If you can prove that your condition makes it impossible for you to pursue full-time employment, you may have a strong claim for benefits. However, a diagnosis of HIV by itself will not be sufficient for the Social Security Administration to approve your claim for disability benefits.