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The human immunodeficiency virus or HIV is a type of virus that infect humans through skin breakage or when the virus comes in contact with tissues that line the vagina, anal area, mouth or eyes. HIV infection is a progressive disease in which it has several stages.

The HIV infection is described by several stages.

1. The primary infection or the initial stage of infection is when symptoms, almost the same with flu or mono-like symptoms, occur from the time of acquiring the virus. Generally, the illness will resolve within weeks.
2. The second stage or chronic asymptomatic infection, which is characterized by a long duration of infection however without symptoms, can last for several years.
3. The third stage or the symptomatic infection, this is the stage where the body’s immune system has been inhibited for a long time causing complications that are life-threatening. This stage is also known as AIDS or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. The signs and symptoms seen at this stage are the occurrences of unusual infections or cancers, extreme weight loss, and usually dementia.

HIV is difficult to treat because of its ability to mutate itself making it resistant to previous medications.

There is no cure for HIV and treatment is focused on preventing further damage to the immune system including halting the progress of the infection to symptomatic disease. Another therapy includes a combination of several drugs to prevent or delay the resistance of the virus from the drugs.

HIV was first discovered in the 1980s when certain individuals developed unusual types of lung infections and skin tumors. The all have one in common, severe reduction of CD4 cells or T cells, which are an important part of the immune system.

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If you think you are suffering from Human Immunodeficiency Virus you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Human Immunodeficiency Virus as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).