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Question

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

Answer

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.

86 comments

  1. sandy

    Hiiii…dear sir im done DUO fourth generation hiv test After 35 days of exposure..and result is non reactive value is 0.31 S/CO.
    Also p24 antigen(ELFA) detection is negative.
    And also Real time PCR test done for hiv 2 RT qualitative and result is not detected.
    And also Real time pcr test done for hiv 1 it results are not detectable virus..
    So what i am 100% hiv negative. And if im 100% hiv negative then why fouth generation test display valur 0.31 S/CO.
    Pleade explain…
    Thank you.
    So what i can

  2. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Imran,

    A HIV test result of 1.1 implies that you are HIV positive. If this hasn’t been confirmed to you, then this will need to be done. If it’s confirmed that you are positive, please get back in touch.

    If you are HIV positive, then you could have problems when apply for a visa for Saudi Arabia. This is because you need to provide a negative test results when wishing to apply for a work visa or residency. Saudi Arabia has also been known to deport people who are living with HIV. For more info, please see here:

    http://www.hivrestrictions.org/Default.aspx?PageId=143&CountryId=153

  3. Imran

    I have been through medical test and my result is 1.1 for HIV. What does that mean? I’m applying for Saudi Arabia visa, will this affect the process?

  4. eric

    I am currently having pain in mouth for 3 months and I had my hiv r test in December 2014.. the result was 0.79 and non-reactive… what does this mean… do I have hiv or what???

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