What Does a Non-Reactive HIV Test Mean?

Save

A non-reactive HIV test means that HIV was not found in that testing sample. This test result is commonly referred to as "negative," although a person who tests negative for HIV may nevertheless actually be HIV positive.

Identification

  • HIV tests are used to find antibodies to the virus. Developing a detectable level of antibodies (enough antibodies to be found by a test) is a process called seroconversion.

Time Frame

  • HIVTest.org reports that seroconversion takes an average of 25 days after infection, but may take as long as three to six months.

Features

  • An HIV test will only yield a true positive if the tested individual has already seroconverted. A test taken before seroconversion occurs will be inaccurate.

Significance

  • A person who has not contracted HIV will also have a non-reactive test. However, there are a very small number of people who test false positive; this error can be discovered with another HIV test.

Considerations

  • People seeking HIV testing should speak with a health-care professional to determine if a test at that time will yield an accurate result, based on the date of the last possible exposure to the virus.

Related Searches

References

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

Resources

You May Also Like

  • What Causes Inconclusive HIV Tests?

    Occasionally, an HIV test will come back "inconclusive." While this is not necessarily cause for alarm, it is always advisable that an...

  • Difference Between HIV Positive & HIV Negative

    HIV disease continues to spread worldwide. It is important that we are aware of its characteristics, including the markers of infection. Before...

  • What Is HIV Seropositive?

    Serostatus is a word used to describe whether particular antibodies are present in the body. Seropositive means someone does have the antibodies...

  • Early HIV Symptoms in the Mouth

    The acute (primary) stage of HIV infection may be accompanied by mild, flu-like symptoms, while the longest stage of infection, latency, is...

  • What Is HIV Positive?

    First and foremost, there is a distinction between HIV and AIDS. Most people think of them as one and the same; however,...

  • What Does a Positive Herpes 2 Test Mean?

    A person who tests positive for herpes 2 has contracted the herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2), one of the two herpes simplex viruses....

  • Positive Results of Home HIV Tests

    A positive test result means you tested positive for the HIV virus and should contact a doctor immediately. Learn about positive results...

Related Searches

Check It Out

This Is the Beauty Routine of a Yelp Sales Manager

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!