Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
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Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a life-threatening condition that infects and attacks the white blood cells (CD4 lymphocytes) in the body used to fight off foreign diseases. With a decreased number of CD4 cells, the body can no longer fight off other viruses or bacteria, leaving it defenseless. Symptoms of HIV occur in three general phases. The last stage of HIV infection is known as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
HIV is considered a disabling condition by the SSA and may qualify you for either SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits dependent on your condition and age. It is an infection that affects the immune system.
The SSA evaluates HIV by the following conditions:
- bacterial infections
- diarrhea lasting one month or longer and requiring intravenous or tube feeding
- fungal infections
- HIV encephalopathy (dementia caused by AIDS)
- infections requiring hospitalization or intravenous care for at least three months in a 12-month period:
- sepsis – a bacterial infection affecting the bloodstream
- meningitis – a viral or bacterial infection resulting in inflammation around the brain and spinal cord
- pneumonia – an infection in the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi
- septic arthritis – a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection affecting one or more joints
- endocarditis – a bacterial infection in the heart valves
- sinusitis – inflammation in the sinuses
- malignant tumors or cancer
- parasitic intestinal infections
- repeated occurrences of HIV infection that limits:
- daily activities
- social activities
- completing tasks in a timely manner
- significant weight loss from chronic diarrhea and weakness
- skin conditions with extensive sores and lesions
- viral infections
To learn more about the qualifying conditions for human immunodeficiency virus, click here.
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