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HIV and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

In 1981, homosexual men in Los Angeles and New York were discovered with an unusual lung infection (pneumonia) called Pneumocystis carinii now known as Pneumocystis jiroveci and rare skin tumors called Kaposi’s sarcoma. These patients also had a severe reduction of a type of cell in their blood that was an important part of their immune system, called CD4 cells. These cells are commonly called T cells. They help the body fight infections. This unusual disease soon came to be known as AIDS, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. The virus that causes AIDS came to be known as HIV, human immunodeficiency virus. HIV is a retrovirus. This is a condition in humans in which the immune system begins to fail, leading to life-threatening opportunistic infections. One of these infections is AIDS. HIV causes AIDS, but what causes HIV. Normally, antibodies and white blood cells attack and destroy foreign organisms that enter your body. This defensive action is coordinated by white blood cells known as CD4 lymphocytes. These lymphocytes are also the main targets of HIV. HIV attaches to the cells and then enters them. Once inside, HIV inserts its own genetic material into the lymphocytes and uses them to make copies of itself. When the new copies of HIV break out of their host cells and enter the bloodstream, they look for other cells to attack. While this is happening, the old host cells and some uninfected CD4 cells die from the effects of the virus. This cycle repeats itself over and over, again. During this process, billions of new HIV particles are produced every day.  Over time, the number of CD4 cells in your body decreases, leading to severe immune deficiency.  This means your body can no longer effectively fight off viruses and bacteria that cause disease. At first, you may not be affected by HIV. However, within 2 to 4 weeks after being infected with HIV, 80 to 90% of the people develop an influenza or mononucleosis-like illness called acute HIV infection. You may be affected by HIV in several different ways. These include: §  Lymphadenopathy §  Pharyngitis §  Rash §  Myalgia §  Malaise §  Mouth and esophageal sores §  Headache §  Nausea and vomiting §  Enlarged liver/spleen §  Weight loss §  Thrush §  Neurological symptoms. You may have HIV. You may need financial assistance. You may have sought this help from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of your disability caused by HIV. Were you denied? If you plan to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration, you will need a caring disability attorney like the one you will find at to represent you in this procedure. The reason for this is because people who have a confident disability lawyer on their side are approved more often than people who do not have an attorney.