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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 :-


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.

18 comments

  1. Anyone who is prescribed medical treatment has a right to understand what the treatment is for. Please speak to your doctor about this.

  2. suzan

    I was pregnant the results non-reactive but at the clinic they gave me a treatment

  3. Bendapron

    Hello…….what does Tr mean after an Hiv test (like putting tr. instead of postive or negative

  4. Roy Trevelion

    Hi, Sometimes people can live with HIV for a long time before they get HIV symptoms. So it could be true, even if you have no signs of HIV related illness. It’s important for your baby’s health that you go on treatment if you’re HIV positive. You can ask the nurse for a test to confirm the result.

  5. Stella

    I was pregnant and went for check up because I had malaria. The nurse told me that I’m positive but I’m not contented with the test because I have no signs for HIV. Is it true?

  6. Marilu

    If a person did the test of VIH and is positive but it says no reactive at the other exterm of the test paper i don’t understand

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