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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.

50 comments

  1. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Paul,

    As the above post explains, if a a result is reactive, then this indicates that a person is positive. This will though need to be conformed by a doctor.

    If you are positive, please get back in touch with us as we’ll be able to give you some useful info.

  2. paul

    got tested an my result is;reactive 1/2 to HIV and non reactive to ora qnie. please what do i conclude??????

  3. MHAMBA

    Hi, i did HIV test at lancet laboratories last week .my results come back says HIV-1/2(4th Gen) NON REACTIVE please can you clarify if i’m negative or positive

  4. SJK

    Hi,
    I had a sex with an transgender almost 4 years ago .I didn’t loose weight at all in the first 2 years but as soon as I started working I started to loose some weight.This may be due to my inbalance in my diet. I did a rapid immunochromatographic HIV I & HIV II ANTIBODY test after 4 years which was yesterday and the result came out Non – Reactive. Should i do Elisa?

  5. Thembi

    Last weekend me and my boy friend we did buy that repeat test for job.so now his result where shown like the other line was dark red the other line was lighter red.so am confused.But mine where negative

  6. Ann

    Hi good afternoon, I had a HIV test and I get back my results
    And it came back Non- Reactive please explain what that mean
    My doctor did not explain it to me.

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