Short description
AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is a weakness of the immune system caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Detailed description

HIV damages certain cells of the immune system. This makes the person more likely to get infections such as pneumonia or mycoses, which usually do not present a problem for healthy people. To date, there is neither a vaccination against HIV nor a cure for the infection. However, with antiretroviral therapy, the progression from HIV infection to AIDS can be postponed and life expectancy can be increased.