What if the result is HIV Negative?

This means that you do not have HIV. This is a really good opportunity to learn more about how to remain negative. Take some time to learn how to prevent HIV and other STIs by reading through our prevention section.

It can take two to three months after you come into contact with HIV for the test to detect antibodies. If your most recent exposure to HIV was within the last three months you can test straight away as HIV antibodies can show up earlier, but you will be advised to have another test three months after your last risk to be entirely sure.

Tests: what you need to know