What is HIV?
HIV is a virus that attacks a person’s immune system and destroys a type of white bloodcell called a T-helper cell or CD4 cell.. HIV deteriorates our bodies natural defence against illness. HIV destroys our CD4 cells and makes more copies of itself while gradually breaking down the immune system. Someone living with HIV who is not receiving treatment will find it harder to fight off infectious diseases. IF HIV is untreated, it may take 10 or 15 years for the immune system to be damaged to the point where it can no longer defend itself at all. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus.
Symptoms of HIV
Some early symptoms of HIV in women include fever, headache, and lack of energy. As the disease progresses, there may then be skin rashes and skin sores. There will later be swollen glands, followed by infections and fever and night sweats. There may also be menstrual changes for women and your period may be lighter or heavier than normal or you may not get your period. There may also be bacterial and yeast infections and sexually transmitted infections.
Lastly, there may be pelvic inflammatory diseases affecting the uterus and there may also be advanced symptoms such as diarrhea and weight loss. In men, they will usually first experience acute illness which includes fever, body rashes, sore throats, and severe headaches. Next is the asymptomatic period which is a period where the symptoms disappear but the virus deteriorates the immune system inside the body with little to no symptoms.Lastly, advanced infection causes nausea, vomiting, chronic fatigue, diarrhea,weight loss, and rashes.
Available Treatments for HIV
There are various medications to treat HIV. Antiretroviral therapy is the use of HIV medicines to treat the HIV infection. IT cannot cure HIV, but this medicine helps people with HIV live longer and live healthier lives. HIV medicine prevents HIV from multiplying and gives the immune system a better chance to recover. People with HIV should start taking this medicine as soon as possible because it is important to start it right away especially if pregnant.
How To Check Eligibility Criteria To Apply for Disability Tax Credit for HIV
To apply for this taxcredit Form 2201 entitled “Disability Tax Credit Certificate” it must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. This tax credit is only available to those who have taxes payable. This form must be completed by a registered medical practitioner. Qualified registered medical practitioners include a medical doctor, physiotherapist, optometrist, psychologist,occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, and audiologist.
How DCC Can Help Claim Tax Credit
Disability Tax Credit Consultants at DCC can help to claim this tax credit and collect upto $40,000 in disability tax credits.