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29 March 2011

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FREELEO

Please don't attack me for this but I really need to understand this. Am I now suppose to look at all the people I know who are HIV positive as having a disability? Are people with hiv now going to get preferential treatment when it comes to jobs? Most of the people that I know who are hiv positive don't have "major bodily impairments." How does this affect them? Please someone explain this to me because right now I don't understand. And try to do it without attacking me because I promise you, that if I don't understand, most Americans won't understand.

Alex

Just because you have HIV doesn't mean you're automatically disabled; it can lead to being disabled, but that's not a foregone conclusion.

It seems to me that this is just the easiest way to shoehorn in laws protecting HIV+ individuals from some forms of discrimination. I'm all for the end result, but not necessarily the means.

Carlos

Freeleo:

Alex makes a point: "Just because you have HIV doesn't mean you're automatically disabled; it can lead to being disabled, but that's not a foregone conclusion."

Rod said this in the last paragraph: "The new regs will have a major impact on HIV positive persons ability to receive Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disability benefits. It will also impact private, employment-based health insurance and disability coverage."

If you are poz, get very sick and are missing days from work, your illness can be classified as a disability ... so you wont lose your job. And if you are poz and unable to work, this will facilitate Medicaid, SSI and disability benefits.

BTW Alex, people with HIV/AIDS are already protected from discrimination by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Frater Gymnos

i'm asymptomatic, but i still have to take time off work to see my docs more frequently than most people. if i chose to share with my boss, that would be a nice assurance to have that i could get reasonable accommodation to use my sick time for doctors' visits.

Procrastination_Xtravaganza

Freeleo,

I'm wondering some of the same things, like in NYC can all the HIV positive people go get reduced fare metrocards? Get a handicapped drivers license?

Is your question related to job placement or treatment in their current job? I'd assume like a couple people said, that absences from work may be handled differently, and benefits easier to claim, but I'd doubt HIV positive people could/would angle their status to beat you out for a job.

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