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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


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.


  1. Sam

    I had a unprotected sex a year back and 2 days back i had a hiv test i.e. HIV 1 & 2 antibodies and method is CMIA. The result is non reactive 0.18 so what does it mean ?
    in reports they were mentioned
    provisional reactive: presumptively infected with hiv, it is recommended to confirm the result by western blot for HIV 1 & 2

    what is the meaning of this ?

  2. Roy Trevelion

    Generally, if the number is over 1.0 it’s considered a positive result. If the number is under 1.0 it’s considered a negative result.

    This is explained more fully in the question and comments above.

  3. Srk

    I done the HIV test 1 & 2 Antibody (ECLIA)
    Where I got the test result is 0.26 negative as per your information but I want to know why this actually 0.26 what does it mean?
    Could you please explain.
    I shall be grateful to you.

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