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Question

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?

Answer

A non-reactive results means HIV negative.  A reactive results means HIV positive.  An indeterminate results mean the test results was unclear and needs another test.

There is no such thing as a reactive negative result – this could be a communication lad error and you need to refer back to the testing clinic for clarification.

Please refer to this link for more info on testing results at our FAQ section :-

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  1. Simon Collins

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  2. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Hilda,

    Please see Q’s 1 and 8 here:

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

  3. Hilda

    I have an hiv text and results comes like response first and second that’s 280 and I don’t understand it

  4. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Mary,

    What non-reactive is is discussed above. I can’t comment on the 280 figure, therefore you should talk to your nurse.