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I recently had blood work done for life insurance purposes.

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I recently had blood work done for life insurance purposes. My results came back and it says that my Serum HIV test was Non-Reactive. What does that mean? The explanation next to it says: HIV antibody testing detects infection with the virus that causes AIDS. The test may not become positive until several weeks after exposure to the virus.

Does this mean I have HIV?!

mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

mysticdoc :

Hi there,


I am Mysticdoc, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to help you with your concerns.


mysticdoc :

Non reactive means negative test/

mysticdoc :

That means you do not have HIV.

mysticdoc :

That is a normal result.

mysticdoc :

Th disclaimer is a standard for HIV test.

mysticdoc :

A negative HIv test is more than 99% accurate.

Customer:

So I am okay?

mysticdoc :

However, if you have any risk factor like multiple sexual partners, unprotected sex with new partner with unknown HIv status, needlestick injury, the test should be repeated after 10-12 weeks for confirmation.

mysticdoc :

That is what the lab disclaimer means.

mysticdoc :

Yes you are perfectly ok.

Customer:

I'm married and have only him as a sexual partner. His result came back negative, I just wanted to make sure.

mysticdoc :

ok --then do not worry .

Customer:

Should I make an appointment to get more blood work done from my doctor just to be sure?

mysticdoc :

your result is very accurate.

mysticdoc :

no need

mysticdoc :

that is how a negative HIv test reported by every standard lab.

Customer:

Okay, Thank you. I really appreciate it.

mysticdoc :

very welcome

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