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HIV RNAAIDS RNA of HIV origin, a serum marker of a Pt's 'HIV-ness,' now the standard by which Pt response to antiretovirals is evaluated; HIV RNA levels correlate with CD4+ count, response to antiviral therapy, clinical stage and disease progression. See AIDS, CD4:CD8 ratio, HIV, HIV tests, Reverse transcriptase, Western blot.
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The genetic material of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Its quantity in the bloodstream correlates with the severity and prognosis of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Drug regimens for AIDS, esp. those that use a combination of protease inhibitors and reverse transcriptase inhibitors, aim to decrease the amount of HIV RNA in the blood to undetectable levels.
See also: RNA
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