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Does 'nicht nachweisbar' refer to a positive or negative result in medical terms?

I don't speak swiss-german and I'm trying to understand these medical results. It is a blood test to see if there is anything in particular in the blood. Next to such things as blood levels I also have HIV: 'nicht nachweisbar'. I converted in in google to English and it means unverifiable. Now does that mean they are not able to tell or does it mean negative?

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Old 30.05.2015, 04:33
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Re: Does 'nicht nachweisbar' refer to a positive or negative result in medical terms?

It means negative but says "not found" - which in case of HIV is a very good thing.

The only reason it says "not found" instead of negative is that the tests are never 100%...
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Re: Does 'nicht nachweisbar' refer to a positive or negative result in medical terms?

... and it's standard/High German, not Swiss German. There is officially no written form of Swiss German, especially in a scientific field like medicine! (Using written Swiss German in a medical report would be like seeing "Naaahhh" or "Yeah but no but yeah but no but" in an Australian or Midlands report.)
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Re: Does 'nicht nachweisbar' refer to a positive or negative result in medical terms?

You'll sometimes see "o.B." on such 'results sheets' too.
Ohne (pathologischen) Befund. They didn't find anything.
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Re: Does 'nicht nachweisbar' refer to a positive or negative result in medical terms?

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You'll sometimes see "o.B." on such 'results sheets' too.
Ohne (pathologischen) Befund. They didn't find anything.
I believe that HIV tests are a specific case: It's been many years since I worked in the medical field, but I think it's still the same: the cheap "quick" tests that are part of a default blood test do not actually test on the virus itself but changes in the blood caused by the virus. Only if those are found will they use a much more expensive test to confirm the virus. In practice does this mean that if you got infected last week and get tested today is your test result negative... So the result is not "no virus", but "cannot be found so far".
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Re: Does 'nicht nachweisbar' refer to a positive or negative result in medical terms?

Yes, no change from when Treverus worked in the field: For HIV, what is tested is the presence of anti-bodies. The only medically correct response they can give is whether antibodies can be found or not, hence the wording.
Normally, if you are sure that there was no risk of contamination for the last three months with such test results, it is accepted to believe that you haven't been contaminated at all.
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Re: Does 'nicht nachweisbar' refer to a positive or negative result in medical terms?

Did the body language of the Doctor give you any hints to the results. Been able to communicate with your Doctor has advantages and discuss test result may also be handy
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