AIDS, short for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, is a spectrum of conditions caused by infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Once someone is infected, they may initially experience shivering, chills, malaise, dry cough, loss of appetite, body aches and nausea. Often the next stage of the condition is a prolonged period without symptoms.
HIV is transmitted primarily from contaminated blood transfusions, hypodermic needles, from mother to child during pregnancy, and sexual intercourse. There is currently no cure or vaccine for AIDS. Without treatment, the average survival time after infection with HIV is estimated to be 9 to 11 years.
There are medications available that will help slow the disease, often leading to a normal life expectancy. However these medications can be extremely expensive, and often come with severe side effects. The Canadian Government offers programs such as the Disability Tax Credit and the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) to people who are suffering from AIDS and are markedly restricted in 1 or more necessary daily activity.
If you or someone you know is suffering from AIDS, please contact us today and let us help claim the maximum benefits in which you are entitled to.