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HIV/AIDS & Disability?
May 5, 2010

RE: Is a Person With an AIDS Diagnosis Automatically Disabled?

This isn't a question but just offering a resource you may not be aware of.

One of the unique challenges of HIV disease (and it's treatments) is that things may be fine today but hell tomorrow, or vice versa. And next week / month / year could be different yet again! This makes the situtation very difficult (and confusing) when assessing in terms of disability. Recently in Canada (lead by St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto) we've been developing and exploring the concept of "Episodic Disability" to capture this re HIV with the hope that this new framework will become a tool for PHAs, ASOs and other service providers, as well as poilcy maker's (public & private) to better adderss the unique challenges of living with HIV. For more information on this go to http://www.hqlo.com/content/6/1/76

Cheers, Chris Gay Men's Health Coordinator AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi Chris,

Thanks for the information. Canada has been ahead of the U.S. in providing universal health care and allowing gays to serve in the military. You also beat us in hockey at this year's Olympics. Looks like you may be taking the lead on HIV-related episodic disability as well. BRAVO Canada!

Dr. Bob



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