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What does HIV negative mean?

I don’t understand what HIV-negative means. Please explain this to me.


An HIV negative test result means that at the point of taking the blood sample, there were no HIV antibodies to be discovered in the sample. This means that the person was not infected with HIV.

An exception would be if the person was in the so-called “window period” when he/she was infected recently, but the body had not developed any antibodies that can be detected by the test yet.

For further information see the other questions on testing.

Information on this website is provided by treatment advocates and offered as a guide only. Decisions about your treatment should always be taken in consultation with your doctor.


  1. Hi Noel, are you on HIV treatment? If your CD4 count is under 350 it’s important that you take ARVS. Treatment causes the CD4 count to up to safer levels to help prevent you from getting ill. You can read about CD4 counts in our introduction to combination therapy.

  2. First cd4 count under 200 now over that what does this mean

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