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What does the number on my HIV test result mean?

I had an HIV test done and result was negative and non reactive. The result showed 0.04 what does this mean? Jake


Hi Jake,

Thank you for your question.

A result that is less than 1.0  means you do not have HIV. You result of 0.04 is less than 1.0.

The number is a more accurate (quantitative) way of measuring the result other than a simple, yes or no. If the number is less than 1.0 the result is negative,

if the result is above 1.0 the result is positive,

if the result is very close to 1.0, either higher or lower, then the doctor may decide a confirmatory test is required.

Any time you don’t understand a test result it is important to ask the test centre or doctor who performed the test.

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. G n

    Does my HIV result index value 0.04 means negative or positive?

  2. thothandi

    My hiv test result is 0.069 after 184 days.but it was 0.042 after 150 days .Can it turn into positive value after Six months?

  3. Sphe


    If a hiv tester is showing 1 line what does it mean, is it positive pr negative?

  4. george

    my test got value of 0.10 is it + ve or negative .. what this value means??

  5. pasca

    I tested for a HIV,the index value is 0.26 non reactive,interpretation,HIV 1 non reactive hiv2 provisionally reactive, what does the result implies

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