What does it mean when you get a non reactive test for HIV?

A non-reactive result from an HIV test is the same as a negative result. It means that the HIV antibodies and virus have not been found in your blood.

What does it means when you get a negative result from a fingerprick blood test that's sent off to the lab?

If you have taken this test at least 7 weeks (45 days) after your last possible exposure to HIV, and you have received a negative result, then you do not have HIV.

What does it mean when you get a negative result from a finger prick blood test that you do at home?

If you have taken an Insti HIV from Fettle, you tested at least 12 weeks after your last possible exposure to HIV and you have received a negative result, then you do not have HIV.

Find out more about when to test for accurate results.

Everyone who is sexually active and changes partners should test for HIV and other STIs at least once a year. Many STIs, including HIV, may not have symptoms.

If you are a man who has sex with men then we recommend that you test every 3 months.


Reviewed by Dr Paula Baraitser. Medical Director
Last updated at: 24 August 2022