viral set point


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viral set point

The balance in a viral infection between the viral load and the response by the immune system to initial infection. It may be one of the predictors of disease progression in illnesses such as HIV infection.
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T-cell counts, and the expression levels of miR-31 and miR-200c correlated negatively with viral load or with the viral set point (see online Supplemental Fig.
The goal is not necessarily to prevent infection, but at least to maintain the viral set point low enough and long enough that you can do two things: first that you can forestall the need for initiating therapy until later than you would otherwise, and second that you can keep the viral load so low in these people that they would not readily infect other people.
However, this viral set point, as it's called, varies tremendously from person to person.