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AIDS/HIV Benefits in Chattanooga, Tennessee

HIV/AIDS and Social Security Disability Benefits

Those who live with HIV/AIDS may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits if they are unable to hold a job. In order to prove to the Social Security Administration that you are unable to hold a job due to your disability, you need to begin documenting evidence to prove your case.

Our Chattanooga social security attorney is happy to help you throughout this tedious process to ensure that you get the benefits to which you are entitled. Here’s additional information about HIV/AIDS and Social Security benefits.

The Diagnosis of HIV or AIDS

Before you are granted benefits, you’ll need to prove that you meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disabled. Collecting the proper medical evidence can prove that you are suffering from HIV/AIDS and aren’t able to hold a job.

To prove that you have an HIV infection, you’ll need to have accepted lab tests or other documentation from your doctor or hospital. The SSA may attempt to get your test results directly from your doctor or from the hospital.

Accepted laboratory tests include:

  • HIV antibody tests

  • HIV DNA or RNA detection tests

  • HIV p24 antigen tests

  • The isolation of HIV in a viral culture

  • Other HIV-specific lab tests

In the case that you don’t have medical evidence proving that you are HIV positive, it is possible that you can prove your case through additional medical records and laboratory tests. For example, some applicants are able to receive benefits through the diagnosis of an opportunistic disease that indicates a defect in cell-mediated immunity.

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If You Don’t Meet the Requirements

It is still possible to receive benefits for HIV/AIDS even if you don’t meet the traditional requirements. In this scenario, you need to prove that the medications you are taking impede your ability to function. The Social Security Administration will look at the effectiveness of the medication in addition to the side effects that the medication causes.

What are the Side Effects of HIV/AIDS Medications?

There are a variety of detrimental side effects that result from HIV/AIDS medications, including diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, numbness, anemia, tingling, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, headaches, depression, joint pain, anxiety, and more. Lack of concentration is also a reported side effect, making it difficult to complete work-related tasks. Be sure to communicate with your doctor any side effects that you are experiencing due to your medication(s).

Contact Our Chattanooga Social Security Attorney

At McCarthy, Murphy & Preslar, PC, we know what it takes to help you win your case. Get in touch with our team for a free case evaluation today.

Further Resources:

AIDS.gov – The site has a service locator, blog, and the latest research information.