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HIV/AIDS Glossary

Set Point

Synonym(s): Viral Set Point

The viral load (HIV RNA) that the body settles at within a few weeks to months after infection with HIV. Immediately after infection, HIV multiplies rapidly and a person’s viral load is typically very high. After a few weeks to months, this rapid replication of HIV declines and the person's viral load drops to its set point.

Related Term(s): Viral Load

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