[Question #3645] Biotin Impact on HIV Test

36 months ago
Gentlemen,

I understand I am breaking the rules and I thought about creating a new username, but I wanted to be forthright.

In looking through your old forum posts (and someone who had lymph nodes) I read that she said that biotin can impact HIV test results. Truthfully, I wasn't even quote sure what biotin was, but then she commented she uses it for hair growth. I immediately crumpled because I use procerin tablets and shampoo. Honestly, I THINK i stopped using the tablets while I was testing just out of a natural paranoia that taking ANYTHING could impact my results. So I'm pretty confident I didn't take them for a little while, but not positive. However, i'm sure I used the shampoo every day. 

Doctors, I know your rules. But I keep finding more and more small lymph nodes in my neck. I have had 4 lab based tests (5th generation at 20 days, 4th generation at 36 days, and 4th generation at 95 days). I also had a quantitative RNA/PCR test at 26 days. I'm hoping that even if this is true about biotin (and the links I provided seem reputable, it isn't internet fodder) the RNA/PCR test would not apply, so at least I still have that going for me.

I have resumed unprotected sex with my wife after the 95 day test being consclusively negative. I tried to use condoms but she insisted we didn't need to do that. I have 2 nodes in my right posterior triangle (confirmed that they are nodes by many doctors, but nobody thinks they are enlarged. Ultrasound found biggest to be just under 10mm). I have 2 much smaller ones in left. An ENT found a few anterior cervical on left side closer to color bone that she said were not concerning. And just last night I found one by my hairline.

Here are the links. Please give me your opinion. my wife and children, please. https://www.healthcare.uiowa.edu/path_handbook/Appendix/Chem/BiotinImmunoassayTables.pdf 
https://labtestsonline.org/news/fda-warns-biotin-may-affect-some-lab-test-results 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
36 months ago
Once again:

The forum does not permit repeated questions on the same topic or exposure. Threads with such questions are typically closed, usually without reply and without refund of the posting fee. This policy is based on compassion, not criticism, and is designed to reduce temptations to keep paying for questions with obvious answers. In addition, experience shows that continued answers tend to prolong users' anxieties rather than reducing them. Finally, such questions have little educational value for other users, one of the forum's main purposes.

Whether you think you are noticing new lymph nodes or anything else, as Dr. Hook informed you, you cannot go through life attributing every new symptoms to HIV, any other STD, or anything else from a sexual decison you regret. PLEASE STOP POSTING NEW QUESTIONS ON THESE ISSUES.

HHH, MD
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