I had an HIV test about a month ago, just to ease my mind. I had not been sexually active(heterosexual) for about 3 months prior to the test, even then, it was all protected sex. I had an unprotected sexual experience about 9-10 months before the test. My question pertains to the results of the test, which was done by Quest diagnostics. The test said that I was "non-reactive" to HIV antibodies, which I knew to mean "negative". Great news, right? However, underneath where it says that, there's a disclaimer to this effect; "This patient specimen is negative for HIV-1. However, this does not preclude previous exposure and/or infection with HIV-1." So, does that mean the test is pretty much useless? Is this for people who maybe get tested too soon after a possible exposure? I don't have any symptoms, and I don't engage in any high-risk behaviors, and I don't believe any of my partners ever have. But, that little disclaimer is bothering me. Thanks for your time, you provide a great service here.