What do reactive negative/non-reactive results mean?
My ex had a rapid test and the results on the paper was reactive negative/non-reactive. He told me that the doctor said the result was positive. I googled and on your feedbacks say that it is negative – I am confused and scared now. Can you please clarify this for me?
- A non-reactive result means HIV negative.
- A reactive result means you might be HIV positive. A second test is needed to confirm the results
- An indeterminate results mean the test results was unclear and needs another test.
There is no such thing as a reactive negative result. This might be a communication error from the test centre. Please contact the testing clinic for clarification.
Please see Q8 at this link:
The FAQ page on testing also has more information:
Note: This answer was updated in January 2018 from a question first posted online in November 2011.