Over 30 years since the virus was first identified, people with HIV and AIDS still have to fight stigmas and assumptions about their health and lifestyles. However, increased understanding of the virus has made it easier for HIV positive people to live healthy, productive lives. Additionally, the demographics of the disease have changed; HIV affects men, women and children of all ethnicities and sexual orientation.
Despite this increased understanding and recent medical advances, some medicines do not prevent the virus from taking its toll. In addition, some people’s immune systems are so weakened that they are increasingly prone to infections and other diseases that could potentially be fatal. If you have HIV and are unable to work because of it, you may be eligible for disability benefits. To do this, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will have to see that you have one or more of the Blue Book’s listed conditions for the disease.
It will then be up to you to prove to the SSA how HIV and its resulting condition prevents you from holding employment for more than 12 months. This can be a complicated process, one that will require medical records, statements from doctors and a thorough evaluation of your skills and work history.
If you are unable to work because of HIV/AIDS or a resulting condition, do not take a chance on getting the help you need. Contact our Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers today to discuss your case and your options. We offer free consultations, and you can also reach us by phone at (918) 587-0050.