name: maintenance of viral latency
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def: "The perpetuation of a latent state, generally by repressing the viruses own lytic genes expression and ensuring expression of viral genes which function to keep the viral genome from being detected by the host defense mechanisms." [GOC:jl]
synonym: "latent virus maintenance" EXACT 
synonym: "prophage maintenance" EXACT 
synonym: "provirus maintenance" EXACT 
is_a: GO:0016032 ! viral process
relationship: part_of: GO:0019042 ! viral latency
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