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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.

55 comments

  1. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Jacob,

    As the above post explains, a reactive result indicates that someone is positive. Has this result been confirmed by another test?

  2. Jacob

    my wife was told that the results are reactive

  3. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Ayo,

    It sounds like you need to have your test confirmed. If the clinic where you want won’t do this, please go to another.

    For more info on testing, please see Q1 here:

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

    If you are positive, please get back in touch with us.

  4. ayo

    I got tested for HIV recently and I was told that my HIV determination test is positive but they insisted that I am HIV negative. Am confused

  5. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Ayo,

    Please see Q1 here:

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

    If you aren’t happy with what you’ve been told, I suggest that you try another clinic. Its important that you have your test confirmed.

    If you are positive, please do contact us.

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