What do the test results mean?

A positive HIV test result means that:

  • You are HIV-positive (carrying the virus that causes AIDS)
  • You can infect others and should try to avoid doing so.
  • Note that certain tests are not conclusive; your HIV test counselor will let you know if a re-test is appropriate

A negative HIV test result means that:

  • No indication of HIV was found at this time

A negative HIV test result does NOT mean:

  • You are not infected with HIV (you might still in the window period)
  • You are immune to HIV/AIDS
  • You have a resistance to infection
  • You will never get HIV/AIDS

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