For people with sickness compensation (formerly known as early retirement)

Many people who were diagnosed with HIV before the advent of effective drugs in the 1990s received early retirement (“förtidspension”). This is now replaced by sickness compensation (“sjukersättning”). Sickness compensation counts as income and is therefore pensionable, but many people feel that their pension is low. People with a low pension can apply for housing supplement and financial support for the elderly.

If you received a decision on sickness compensation before 1 July 2008, you could work and still retain your right to sickness compensation. This is called working with a continuous deduction. You need to apply for continuous reduction before you begin working, regardless of how many hours you intend to work. Otherwise, you may lose your right to sickness compensation.

Read more and apply for continuous deduction at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency’s website (Försäkringskassan). (Go to the heading ‘You can work or study with sickness compensation’ and click on the tab ‘If you were granted sickness compensation before 1 July 2008’).

Some people living with HIV have had what is called a disability allowance. In 2019, what is known as the additional cost allowance was introduced, which has now replaced the disability allowance. For some time, these two allowances existed in parallel.

Read more about the transition to additional cost allowance (in Swedish).


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