(2019) A microscopic approach to the life situation of Axel. He is a manager in the human resources department at IBM in Hamburg, and he is HIV-positive. Axel got infected through a contaminated blood transfusion. When he was diagnosed in 2002, it was his supposed death sentence. Today, thanks to modern medication, the infection usually does not lead to the outbreak of AIDS, as it is still often wrongly assumed. His life expectancy is as high as that of non-infected people. Axel has decided to go public with his disease, to educate and to break down prejudices. Together with the German AIDS Foundation, he founded the initiative #positivarbeiten.

Many thanks to the Leibniz Institute for Virology in Hamburg, for letting me take my research under the microscope.