Q. My HIV tests fall under false negative. Do I have HIV?

Answered by
Dr. Atishay Bukharia
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 27, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hello doctor,

My ex-partner had HIV three years ago when I was along with him. But, he informed me regarding this very recently. He did not make me aware of his condition. We were not careful always. After getting to know, I checked on internet about its signs and symptoms and found that I had all of them three years ago itself. I got a rapid blood test done and it came negative. Got a HIV test done and that result too came negative. I am convinced that my HIV status has progressed. I read about false positive tests and false negative tests. As my HIV tests fall under false negative I am aware that the doctor will not help me. I am much worried and in need of some guidance. Thank you in advance.



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  • Out of nearly hundred person having sex with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) positive person, hardly less than one may get infected.
  • The chances of acquiring HIV after sexual exposure is less than one percent.
  • I would suggest you to get HIV RT-PCR (real-time polymerase chain reaction) and ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) for HIV- 1 and HIV- 2 antibody from two different laboratory.
  • As far as progression of the disease is concerned, HIV-RNA would be positive. False positive or negative do not occur every time. Be positive.

Revert back with the test results to a HIV AIDS specialist online -->

Hi doctor,

Thank you for your advice, It seems that I am in latent stage. Though I am eating well, I have lost weight. There are purple blotches on my skin and have lymph nodes in my groin. Off late, I am having hot and cold sweats. All my previous partners are showing the same early signs of HIV that I had three years ago. Please help.



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  • There are many medical conditions that can look alike as HIV.
  • Diagnosis can be confirmed only by HIV RT-PCR test. This test detects the RNA of HIV virus. Hence, if this turn out to be positive, then it confirms that you are having HIV.
  • As your tests are negative, there are very less chances of you having.
  • In your case if you really had HIV, by now it should have progressed to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) without any treatment.
  • All your symptoms are pointing towards acute HIV syndrome that generally do not remain for long.

For further queries consult a HIV AIDS specialist online -->

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