I received I tattoo on Sept. 2, 2011. I watched artist open new needle and pour ink into a single use container. Afterwards I got worried about HIV and Hep C. I tested negative for HIV antibody at 10 weeks, 3 months and 6 months. I tested negative for HCV at 10 weeks but then REACTIVE at 6months. RIBA test is not available due to some recall but HCV RNA PCR test showed negative and non reactive.
1. If I contracted Hep C from tattoo would that increase the HIV window ... Is my 6 month test conclusive?
2. What would cause 10 week non reactive to change to reactive?
3. Could the 6 month HCV antibody test be a false positive?
3. Dr. says I have to do another HCV and HCV RNA PCR test in six months ... Why do I have Hep C or not?