persistent virus infection

persistent virus infection

[pər′sis·tənt ′vī·rəs in‚fek·shən]
(virology)
A covert viral infection in which a degree of equilibrium is established between the virus and the host's immune system, resulting in an infection of long duration.
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These include the presence of an actively replicating, fully competent virus; the presence in the cells of a persistent virus infection; or the presence of a replicating but defective virus (14).
Clinical goals include decreasing the likelihood of persistent virus infection and establishing a clinically significant lower viral load subsequent to infection.
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