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Oraquick false positive scare

Hello, I am wanting to know if I should still be concerned over this oraquick result. I had a previous exposure 3 months ago, the exposure was protected vaginal sex and he ejaculated on my face. I don’t recall any semen getting into my eyes. I initially began testing 3 weeks post exposure using the oraquick and at 3 weeks it was negative. I tested again at 4 and 6 weeks also negative. At 11 weeks I got a faint line on the indicator and this scared me. The line is fairly faint and spotted, it’s not a complete line like the control line. I decided to take two more at a time when they are conclusive, at 12 and 13 weeks. Both oraquicks at 12 and 13 weeks were negative and I made sure to do these correct and waited the allotted time 20-40 mins. Should I continue to worry about the previous faint line or should I take the 12 and 13 week tests as conclusive?
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This answers all of your HIV questions, and if you can think of any more just reread about the 3. You had zero risk therefore  testing is irrelevant to your situation because you had zero risk. HIV is a fragile virus, which is instantly inactivated in air and also in saliva which means it is effectively dead so it can't infect from touching, external rubbing or oral activities. It doesn't matter if you and they were actively bleeding or had cuts at the time either because the HIV is effectively dead.  
Only 3 adult risks are the following:
1. unprotected penetrating vaginal with a penis. Only the head needs to be covered, so if that happened it is  protected and there is zero risk
2. unprotected penetrating anal sex with a penis. Only the head needs to be covered, so if that happened it is protected and there is zero risk.
3. sharing hollow needles that you inject with.
The only way to get HIV is if you did one of the 3. The situation you describe is a long way from any of these 3.
Even with blood, lactation, cuts, rashes, burns, etc the air or the saliva does not allow inactivated virus to infect from touching, external rubbing or oral activities. This HIV science is 40 years old and very well established, so no detail that you can add to your encounter will change it from zero risk. Because of all the research statistics, doctors have calculated the risk from what you describe to be less than that of being hit by a meteor, therefore no one will get HIV from what you did in the next 40 years of your life either.
If you didn't have one of the 3 then you are just worrying about your own hiv theory - which is unrealistic for you to think that can become reality - so you should move on back to your happy life instead.
Your tests were a waste of time since you had zero risk. It is abnormal to test repeatedly for the same disease, and since you had no risk it will be hiv phobia if you test again.
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Thank you for your response. You insight is has been reassuring but I wanted to be extra careful since I am now in a serious relationship and I would not want to put my partner at risk. My question was regarding the faint reactive oraquick. I understand that I didn’t need to test to begin with but I just wanted to be 100 percent sure and safe. So did I just receive a false positive and should just acknowledge the conclusive 12 and 13 week tests?
Let's make this simple since there are only 3 risks. Which of the 3 do you believe was your risk? if none, then you are just worrying about your own theory (which is just a science fiction theory) which is unrealistic for you to think that can become reality since you don't have any medical training.
I understand I didn’t have an exposure like the ones you listed. I just wanted to be extra cautious for my partner. I understand if it seems like I’m anxious but this was all done to be safe. I should just consider myself negative?
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You are not making sense since you agreed that you didn't have exposure. Your distrust of the science has caused you to test repeatedly for no reason, while claiming that your theories are being "extra cautious." The science is 40 years old yet you question it and only trust your own science fiction theory that somehow you have discovered hiv transmission issues that all the other scientists missed. Despite having no medical research training, the only science you believe in is your own which is unrealistic for you to do.
Your problem is not disease it is fear of disease, and at this point your anxiety and overtesting issues are a mental issue that might be best to work on with a therapist, since no one here can provide one on one.
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You are correct. My anxiety is getting the better of me. Thank you for your time and what you do
Everyone wants to be safe so sometimes we overkill. There are thousands of diseases that you can actually have like E Coli from a burger but you can't test after each meal so if you put your zero risk situation into context maybe you can overcome the fear.
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As pointed out by ANM you never had a risk to begin with and testing was not necessary. That faint line that you are speculating isn't an indication of false positive but an indeterminate result that occured due to incorrect handling or worst case; due to a technical glitch.

Nothing that you described points towards any scope of HIV transmission. You must forget about this incident and look forward to your new relationship with out any fear and worry. Should you feel that you are unable to get over this irrational fear see a therapist.
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Thank you for your insight and time. I will do my best to move on from this and focus on my relationship instead.
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