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Applying for Social Security Benefits With AIDS/HIV

Posted on:10/4/2012
In the process of application for social security entitlement programs, you are going to need to provide a fair amount of information about your professional and your medical history. It is important to put some thought into this effort and put forth the facts as they occurred. If you are prepared ahead of time, it will save you time.


Find your birth certificate. A Xerox copy will get you nowhere. If you can't find your birth certificate, call the hospital where you were born and tell them you will need a certified copy; they will explain to you how to go about getting it. Or call the Hall of Records or City Hall where you were born.


Find your social security card. If you can't find it, you can write for a replacement. If for any reason you had more than one social security number, find the card for each one. You will have to get your medical records to demonstrate your diagnosis of AIDS and the date that your disability began. Your application may be more complicated if you do not have an AIDS diagnosis or if you cannot demonstrate disability, even if you have fewer than 200 T cells.


You will need to show that you are disabled from participating in gainful employment due to your HIV condition. This may slow up your application. Note that "gainful employment" is a term that refers to you doing a job—any job, not necessarily the one you were doing. This means that if you were a ballet dancer and you can no longer dance but could in fact be working in a bookstore full time, then you could be gainfully employed. Your medical condition must have prevented you from being gainfully employed for a period of at least 12 months.

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