What do the test results mean?

A positive HIV test result means that:

  • Depending on the HIV test, either HIV virus or antibodies to the virus were detected in your blood;
  • You are HIV-positive (infected with the virus that eventually can cause AIDS); and,
  • It is possible to infect other people with HIV.

(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 or AIDS;
  • You have a resistance to infection; or,
  • You will never get HIV or AIDS.

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