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Question

What does HIV negative mean?

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

Answer

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.


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7 comments

  1. Balan

    Hi i have HIV test in feb 2016 and it’s negative and i tested again in august it also negative. What does it mean? Is any possible to have other std’s?

  2. Hi AD. False positive is when the first HIV test is positive but when you are really HIV negative. The second confirmatory test is needed for all positvie test and to confirm it the results is a genuine positive result.

  3. AD

    I recently found some hiv medication in my girl friends bag and she told me that she tested positive 10 years ago and then since then she hasn’t. I.told her that I wanted to go get tested and she said okay. What does a false positive mean?

  4. noel

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

  5. Alina

    Thank you.

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