Social Security Common Conditions: HIV

Estimates from the federal government show nearly 1.1 million people in the United States living with HIV or AIDS, a virus of the autoimmune system that prevents the body from warding off infections. Many with HIV or AIDS cannot work and may qualify for benefits from the Social Security Administration, but it’s important for you to understand what programs an individual with an HIV disability may be eligible to participate in.

There are two separate programs an individual with an HIV disability can apply for—Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The first step to getting either of these benefits is applying.

A press release in the Montgomery Advertiser states the criteria for receiving SSI benefits for HIV or AIDS include:

  • Being unable to work.
  • You meet SSI requirements for income resources.
  • You have medical documentation that your HIV disability meets medical eligibility rules.

It may also help to document how your condition affects your everyday life, as well as being able to list all previous jobs you’ve held in the past.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin hope these tips help you with your HIV Social Security claim. We would also like to remind you that we are always available to help with your case by answering any questions you may have. Call us at (800) 477-7315 to speak with our legal team.

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