Understanding Your Results

 

To interpret your test result, compare your test stick to the pictures and descriptions on page 7b of your test kit directions.

NEGATIVE
If there's one line next to the "C" and no line next to the "T," your result is negative.
POSITIVE
If there are two lines, one next to the "C" and any line next to the "T"—even a faint line—you may have HIV.
Negative - If there's one line next to the "C" and no line next to the "T," your result is negative. Positive - If there are two lines, one next to the "C" and any line next to the "T"—even a faint line—you may have HIV.

 

Whether your results are positive or negative, we're here to help you with what you need to do after you get your results

If your result is negative

If it has been at least 3 months since you have had a risk event and you followed the directions carefully, then you likely do not have HIV.

If your test result is negative and you engage in activities that put you at risk for HIV, you should test regularly.

What Are Risk Events?

 

If your result is positive

If your result is positive, there are a couple of important things you should do next.

A clinic or healthcare professional must confirm your test result.

  • If you're not sure where to go, you can click here for links to resources and care locations near you.
  • If you'd like to speak to a live person, our trained professionals can help you. Just call our Support Center, toll-free at 1-866-436-6527, any time, 24/7, 365 days a year. All calls are confidential.

For even more information about HIV and what your results mean to you, you can download our complete booklets "HIV, Testing & Me" and "What your results mean to You!"

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Test Performance

In a clinical study, 4,999 people who were unaware of their HIV status were given the OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test to take home and use. The researchers compared the OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test results with laboratory test results performed by a trained professional. The laboratory based results show that a total of 96 people were HIV positive and 4,903 people were HIV negative. The comparison of results was as follows.

  • 99.9% of people (4,902 out of 4,903) correctly reported a negative test result. The lab and OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test found the same result. This means that 1 out of 4,903 people not infected with HIV reported a positive test result even though that person was really not infected with HIV. This is called a "false positive."
  • 91.7 % of HIV positive people (88 out of 96) tested reported a correct test result. This means that 8 out of 96 people who actually were infected with HIV reported a negative test result even though they had HIV. This is called a "false negative."
  • In addition only 1.1% of study subjects (56 out of 5,055) failed to obtain a test result.