Viral Latency

What is Viral Latency?

Viral Latency meaning When a virus is present in the body but exists in a resting (latent) state without producing more virus. A latent viral infection usually does not cause any noticeable symptoms and can last a long period of time before becoming active and causing symptoms. HIV is capable of viral latency, as seen in the reservoirs of latent HIV-infected cells that persist in a person’s body despite antiretroviral therapy (ART).
Related Term(s): Latent HIV Reservoir

 

reference: AIDSinfo – Glossary

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