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Aug 5, 2003

would an hiv doctor explain to someone what a set point is

Response from Dr. Young

The viral set point is the amount of virus that is present in the blood during the chronic, asymptomatic phase of infection.

During acute infection, the viral load can be very high (often 10 times higher than at set point), and is reduced, probably by some degree of immunological control.

Later in the disease process, the viral load increases again, often as a bellweather for impending CD4 cell decline or AIDS. BY


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