Mobil Genetic Elements -- Viruses and Plasmids

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I have a question regarding the dormancy of HIV. Is it just dormant because even though the DNA may be replicated, it is not until it is called upon to be transcribed that anything actually happens?


Yes. With an HIV infection, a dormant period would be marked by a reasonable T-cell count, but that does not mean the patient is free from infection. It just means that for this time period, new viruses either aren't being produced or are being produced at a rate that does not kill the cell.

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