AIDS, or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, is a chronic, life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus, known as HIV. By damaging or destroying the cells of your immune system, HIV interferes with your body's ability to effectively fight off viruses, bacteria and fungi that cause disease. This makes you more susceptible to opportunistic infections your body would normally resist and to certain types of cancers, such as Kaposi's sarcoma and AIDS-related lymphoma.
UCSF's team of internationally renowned AIDS specialists is studying the role of the AIDS virus in causing cancer. We also are involved in clinical trials to test new therapies to treat AIDS-related cancers. Specialized treatments include monoclonal antibodies, antiviral therapies, novel vaccines and chemotherapy.