Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that weakens your immune system. HIV is a virus that your body cannot fight off. There are medications that fight HIV, but are unable to completely get rid of it. An individual living with HIV can experience a range of other impairments, which could be a disabling condition. These impairment could include, but not limited to: chronic fatigue syndrome, mental health impairments, and common opportunistic infections that may lead to serious complications. Besides the impairments listed above, HIV could cause inflammation throughout the body. This in turn could lead to heart disease, liver disease, and kidney disease. It can also affect your brain and your ability to think.
How is HIV monitored? By frequent testing. Doctors keep track of a person with HIV by his/her CD4 cell count and viral load. HIV invades CD4 cells and copies itself and over time the immune system weakens. Viral load is the amount HIV in the blood.
HIV and the impairments caused due to HIV may qualify a person to receive social security disability. At Hoglund, Chwialkowski & Mrozik, PLLC, we provide confidential help throughout the social security disability process. To help in your claim, Social Security will need your medical history, reports from your doctors regarding both your physical capabilities and mental abilities. Also, throughout the process, it is beneficial to follow your physician’s orders and medications prescribed.