A non-reactive, or negative HIV test means that the test has not detected any evidence of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the sample provided.
If you have carried out the test correctly and followed the instructions carefully, and it has been more than 3 months since your last possible exposure to the HIV virus, you can be confident that you do not have HIV.
False negative results are unlikely, but if the test was performed within the 3-month "window" period and not in a laboratory, or if it was a saliva test, a retest is recommended to confirm the result. This will give you the reassurance that you genuinely are free from HIV.
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