In late September I had an anti-HCV test due to feeling crummy that I was shocked to have come out reactive (low-risk - no tattoos, no drugs, only risk would be body piercings always done at sterile places, manicures, or recent hospitalization for gallbladder removal). Sc/o was 1.24.
I had an HVC RNA test about a week later that gave a "Not Detected" result.
I was tested again a month later (beginning of November) - anti-HCV sc/o was 1.61, but HCV RNA was again "Not Detected."
Is it possible that these two RNA tests are wrong and I do have HCV? My doctor keeps saying I do not have it, but I read that RNA levels can be transient and intermittent. How will I ever know for sure that I do not have it if that's the case?
I have to take medications daily for other health issues and I'm not a big drinker but I do enjoy having wine sometimes...I'm just afraid I'm unknowingly damaging my liver by living my "normal" life.
Does HCV RNA ever plateau into a detectable rate? Is there a certain time window I have to wait to be truly sure?