The Complex HIV/AIDS Listing For SSD

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Monday, November 27, 2017.

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HIV is a virus that can cause progressive failure of your immune system. Life-threatening infections and cancer can occur when the immune system fails. Unfortunately, in almost all cases, HIV will develop into autoimmune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The progression from HIV to AIDS takes generally about 10 years. As the immune system declines, more serious symptoms will arise. In the first two stages of HIV, however, there are usually few symptoms that would rise to the level of affecting your ability to work for any amount of time. Likewise, applying for Social Security disability benefits for AIDS/HIV is very complex. As your local disability lawyer in Aurora, we are sharing how you can secure benefits for HIV/AIDS in honor of World AIDS Day.

Symptoms & Treatment For HIV

There are three stages of HIV. When you are first infected individuals will experience, symptoms such as fever, swelling of the lymph nodes, rash, sore throat, muscle pain, and mouth and throat sores. When the immune system begins to fail, the HIV infection will progress into early symptomatic HIV infection. The symptoms include fatigue, diarrhea, cough, weight loss, chronic rashes, and shortness of breath. HIV will develop into AIDS when certain blood tests are met. Severe weight loss, serious infections, and decline in mental function are some of the symptoms associated with AIDS. Treatment typically will include multiple pills and multiple times throughout the day.

Disability Benefits For HIV

As your disability lawyer in Aurora, we understand the complex HIV listing in Social Security’s “blue book”. Earlier in 2017, the listing changed significantly and is now under section 14.11 rather than 14.08. To meet the requirements of the listing, you must show that you have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS through proper medical evidence. Next, you must show that you have at least one of the following criteria:


  • Central nervous system lymphoma
  • Pulmonary Kaposi Sarcoma
  • Castleman disease affecting multiple groups of lymph nodes
  • Absolute CD4 count or 50 cells/mm3 or less
  • HIV complications that require at least 3 hospitalizations within a 12-month period. Each of the hospitalizations must last for at least 48 hours and be over 30 days apart.
  • Absolute CD4 count of fewer than 200 cells/mm or CD4 percentage of less than 14 percent, and of the following:
    • Hemoglobin measurement of fewer than 8.0 grams per deciliter or
    • BMI measurement of less than 18.5
  • Repeated HIV infections, including the conditions that are mentioned above that don’t meet the criteria above, with one of the following:
    • Severe limitation in social functioning
    • Severe limitation of daily activities
    • Severe limitation in completing tasks due to problems concentrating or keeping up with the pace

For more detailed information about the new Social Security, HIV listing click here. Applying for SSD benefits for HIV/AIDS is a very complicated process. As an experienced disability attorney in Aurora, we have the expertise to help you secure benefits that you deserve. We can help you present the very specific medical records in order to illustrate that you meet the requirements for the HIV Social Security listing. Contact your disability attorney in Aurora today!

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