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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.

93 comments

  1. Simon Collins

    Discussion on this post is now closed.

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  2. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Rhoda,

    Please see the above post and Q8 here:

    http://i-base.info/qa/what-are-the-most-asked-questions

  3. Rhoda

    Hi
    I just checked myself at the clinic and my obtained value is 0.66, am I at risk here?