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What does the number on my negative 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.

This result means you do not have HIV. 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. You result of 0.04 is a long way from 1.0.

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.

8 comments

  1. i-Base no longer answer questions about HIV testing. Please go back to the test centre for an explanation of these results.

    HIV tests should not give results just as a number. You need to be given information about what the results mean.

  2. Sir, i tested for hiv antibody after a risk exposure of 4 months. My result shows 0.06 I am worried about the number. Am i hiv infected? Plese help me with my answer.

  3. I had an HIV test done and result was non reactive. The result showed 0.06 what does this mean? and same my wife’s result was non reactive. The result showed 0.04 what does this mean?
    I am bit tensioned on this

  4. Dear RS
    I’m sorry but i-Base no longer answers individual questions about risks of HIV transmission or HIV testing.

    This service is based on information relating to treatment of people who are HIV positive.

    Information online
    Most testing questions are already answered on the FAQ page:
    http://i-base.info/qa/faq/hiv-transmission-and-testing

    • Understanding HIV test results:
    If you do not understand results from an HIV test, please contact the centre where you were tested.

  5. My HIV test result showed 0.33. Negative. The range indicated in the report is 0 to 0.89 NEGATIVE. 0.89 to 1 Border line and > 1 = positive.
    Does it mean that after few months if I test , my result will be more than 0.33 and finally I will be HIV positoive ? I am worried. Please help

  6. Please note that we are not doctors and do not have any medical training.

    I’m sorry but i-Base no longer answers individual questions about risks of HIV transmission or HIV testing.
    This service is based on information relating to treatment of people who are HIV positive.

    Most testing questions are already answered on the FAQ page:
    http://i-base.info/qa/faq/hiv-transmission-and-testing

    Our guide to HIV Testing and risks of sexual transmission guide has more detailed and easy to read information about these topics. It can be read online at this link:
    http://i-base.info/guides/testing

  7. hi, Doctor

    I had received a hand job from sex worker in November 2011 then i had duo test after 97 days. It comes negative. then i did test again after 176 days i had duo test again its comes negative and report says that in points that 0.19 what it does mean ? will it be 1.00 after some days ? do i need to test again ? please let me know
    thanks

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