Q and A


Does ‘non-reactive’ mean I am HIV negative?

I am 24 years old. I had sex 9 months ago with my boyfriend and I am now going to get married to someone else. I was afraid of getting HIV, so I got myself tested at Ranbaxy laboratory Amritsar after 8 months, and the result was non reactive.

They performed rapid card test, but know i fear that they had used an already used syringe. They used the vaccum system to collect my blood sample. please tell me whether the this type of syringe can be reused and am i infected with HIV or is it just my fear?


Non-reactive means the result is HIV negative.

However the blood was collected, you are still HIV negative. Ranbaxy labs would not re-use syringes.

Please see Questions 1 and 8 at this link for more information.

This answer was updated in January 2018 from an original Q&A posted in August 2007.


  1. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Minal,

    Please see the above post and Q8 here:


  2. Minal

    HIV non reactive means what?

  3. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Afshin,

    Please see Q’s 1 and 8 here:


  4. Afshin

    Hi dude
    I had oral sex , after 1 and half month i tased and result as follow:

    Test: Result. Unit. Method. NORMAL RANGE
    HIV(p24ag&hiv ab 1&2) 0.3. COL. ECL. = 090 to = 1.0 reactive
    Whats that mean ?
    0.3 is it danger?

  5. Lisa Thorley
  6. Santosh

    I have done u protected sex with 2 girls and I dont know wheather both of them were hiv positive or negative so I have tested hiv after 5 month that was screening test by western blot and the result was non reactive then again I have tested after 172 days result was non reactive is there any possibility to get hiv positive infuture because I’m going to get married soon and even I can go unprocted sex with my wife please help Im scared because I have loose weight after six months and even I have throat pain please help

  7. Lisa Thorley

    Hi Rahul,

    Please see the above post and Q’s 1 and 8 here:


  8. Rahul

    My test result Non – Reactive meaning is what?

  9. Lisa Thorley
  10. jenny

    I thought we only have negative or positive, what is this thing am hearing non reactive and reactive?