A positive HIV test means that the test has detected evidence of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the sample provided.
False positive results are extremely rare, and almost never an error of the test itself. However, a lab-based retest is still required to verify the result.
A positive HIV result is not a death sentence. Nowadays, with early detection and diligent antiretroviral therapy, the viral load can be reduced to undetectable levels and a full, normal life is completely possible.
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