Being refused life insurance doesn’t mean you have run out…
Yes, it can be possible to get life insurance with HIV.
Many believe that life insurance is unobtainable if you’re living with HIV and some even cancel their policy upon diagnosis.
However, securing and retaining life insurance is still very much achievable.
While premiums may be higher than those who don’t have the condition, you could still find a cost-effective solution.
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about securing HIV life insurance, including:
As an FCA-regulated broker service, Reassured can compare life insurance quotes and ensure you’re getting the correct cover, at the right price.
What’s more, we have a specialist impaired life insurance team who are dedicated to helping customers previously declined.
Simply contact a member of our friendly team.
Years ago, it was impossible to secure life insurance if you were living with HIV.
However, thankfully, since the introduction of Triple Therapy (HAART) treatment, insurers now offer protection to those with HIV.
This development in underwriting is the largest to have taken place over the last 10 years and has resulted in HIV being treated like other pre-existing medical conditions.
Previously, the maximum term offered to someone with HIV was 10 years.
However, due to medical advances and developments in underwriting, it’s possible to be offered the same level of cover as those with other pre-existing conditions.
While now completely possible to obtain life insurance, those with HIV may see inflated premiums (monthly payments), due to the increased risk the condition may pose.
Insurers may ask for more detailed information about your HIV.
Certain aspects regarding HIV are considered during your application, and it's highly likely your policy will then undergo additional medical underwriting.
Those with HIV won’t be denied life insurance on their diagnosis alone. If a denial is made, it'll be due to the perceived risk to the insurer.
In order to determine the level of risk, an HIV questionnaire for life insurance will be used during the application process. Questions will include:
It's likely you'll have to provide medical evidence regarding these aspects, and go through manual underwriting before being accepted.
Newly diagnosed applicants are likely to go through a 6-12 month deferral period to determine how HIV affects your body, and how you respond to treatment.
If the insurer deems the results favourably, then it's likely the policy cover can go ahead.
The stage of your condition and the risk imposed to the insurer will have an impact on the type of cover you can secure.
Different insurers will also provide varying levels of cover and pricing strategies for individuals with HIV.
Previously, the maximum term offered to someone with HIV was 10 years. However, due to medical advances and developments in underwriting, it’s possible to be offered the same length of cover as those who don’t have the condition.
At Reassured, we can offer four types of life insurance from some of the top UK providers:
There isn’t a universal premium amount those with HIV will pay.
However, when it comes to life insurance, HIV is now classed as a pre-existing medical condition with many providers.
Whilst those with HIV will be required to pay higher life insurance premiums compared with someone with no health conditions, your premiums will also be impacted by:
Being diagnosed with HIV during the policy term doesn’t invalidate your cover, providing you were honest during the application.
While unlikely, you should check the conditions of your cover to ensure HIV isn’t an exclusion.
Being diagnosed won’t affect the terms of your existing policy. If you work in a profession where you’re at higher risk you may consider taking out cover sooner rather than later, to ensure you’re fully protected.
Any non-disclosure regarding your HIV status during the application will deem your policy invalid. As a result, no pay out will be issued if you pass away.
Unfortunately, even in 2023, being diagnosed with HIV still brings inaccurate connotations.
This fear of judgement, coupled with the possibility of higher premiums, can make it tempting to be dishonest about your HIV status.
However, this can result in your policy being invalidated and risks a pay out being denied.
Our team is friendly, professional and will not judge you. Simply contact us so we can help you make an informed decision about your life insurance options.
HIV tests may be required during the application if the applicant:
The cost of a HIV test will be covered by the insurer and will take place at either a public or private clinic.
If the results of the test are positive, it’s likely the insurer will defer your application for 6 - 12 months to determine how HIV affects your health and how your body responds to treatment.
You’ll not be required to undergo a test if you’ve already declared yourself living with HIV.
Taking an HIV test won’t affect your life insurance, but the outcome of the test may have an impact.
If you're awaiting results from a HIV test, this should be declared to the insurer. You may be deferred until the results are provided.
During the application process, you'll be asked if you've tested positive for HIV.
A routine HIV test with a negative result won't affect your ability to obtain life insurance and there's no need to declare this.
A HIV test with a positive result could bring various implications mentioned within this guide, including deferral, increased premiums and providing medical evidence.
If you tried to secure life insurance more than 10 years ago and declared that you live with HIV, then you may have been declined, or the insurer would have made you pay much higher premiums.
However, with the advances in current HIV treatments, life expectancy has increased significantly, and insurers are reflecting this in their willingness to provide cheaper cover.
If you previously secured life cover while living with HIV, then it’s worth checking if you could obtain the same cover for a better price.
Reassured can provide you with no obligation quotes from some of the UK's leading insurers to compare against your existing cover.
However, as the cost of life insurance is based on many factors, including age and general health, we can’t guarantee that your existing premiums can be beaten.
HIV is covered by most critical illness cover, meaning that if you're diagnosed with HIV and have this protection in place, you'll receive a pay out.
These funds could be used to help pay for private medical treatment, make necessary adaptations to your home or to simply enjoy with your family.
Unfortunately, due to the effect HIV has on your immune system, it's not possible to obtain critical illness cover if you’re already living with HIV.
This is due to the increased likelihood of contracting additional conditions, due to a weaker immune system - meaning you’d pose too much of a risk to the insurer.
Life insurance for people with HIV who use drugs will require further testing during the application.
People who inject drugs (PWID) may also need to perform a test regardless of their known HIV status.
Up to 10% of global HIV infections are due to injecting drugs, the third-highest category of people most likely to contract HIV.
During the application, you'll be asked information regarding whether you use drugs.
If declared within the PWID category, you'll be asked further questions regarding your drug use, and this will likely result in having to undertake an HIV test.
However, any active recreational drug use will result in your application being declined.
As most people are aware, the biggest risk with regards to HIV is its potential to develop into AIDS-defining disease, which weakens the immune system.
Contracting AIDS during the term of your existing life insurance won’t invalidate your existing policy providing you were honest at the time of application.
Unfortunately, it's not currently possible to obtain life insurance if you’re living with AIDS at the point of application.
The exception to this is for UK residents aged between 50 - 85, as it's possible to take out an over 50s plan without the need to provide any medical information.
Simply contact our friendly team for your fee-free, personalised quote today.
There are currently over 106,890 people in the UK living with HIV.
Whilst manageable, HIV is currently an incurable condition which can bring complications, such as AIDS-defining illnesses which damages the body’s immune system.
This highlights the need for life insurance cover to secure the financial wellbeing of your loved ones should the worst happen.
With HIV now being treated as a pre-existing medical condition, it’s possible to secure life insurance.
Using the services of our FCA-regulated broker allows you to find the most suitable policy for your personal situation.
Why not save yourself time and money by letting our impaired risk specialists find you our best quotes.
And the best part is our award-winning brokerage service is completely fee-free to use.
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