Keep in mind, your results are preliminary – you should confirm any positive result with a follow-up lab test. Take a look at the table below.

What it means to you now.
This test didn’t detect HIV.
What you need to keep in mind.
If you got HIV close to when tested, it may not have shown up yet.
What you need to do next.
You need another test in 1-3 months and limit your risk. Next Steps (link to previous list)
What it means to you now.
You may have HIV.
What you need to keep in mind.
A 2nd HIV test is needed to confirm results.
What you need to do next.
If 2nd test is positive, you have HIV and need to begin medical care and medications. Next Steps

For information on risk behaviors and how HIV is transmitted, please see CDC's HIV Basics on HIV transmission.

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