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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.


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