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Biotin Interference

Does the BioSure self-test use the biotin-streptavidin test principle like many laboratory HIV tests? Does this mean that, like the laboratory tests, is it affected by interference from ingesting additional biotin via dietary supplements? I take a daily dose of 350 micrograms of biotin and am afraid of a false negative result of my BioSure HIV self-test.

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Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 22nd July 2019

Dear tom_is_here Thanks for contacting us. The interference studies that we have carried out do not show any connection between increased levels of biotin and false negative test results. Free biotin clears quickly from the system and a 350 microgram dose should clear in 24 hours, so, if you are still concerned, and if your prescriber of the biotin supplement agrees, you could delay the intake of your supplement so that there was at least 24 hours between your last dose and taking the test. You could then take the biotin supplement after testing. That way you could be certain that there would be no interference. I hope that this helps and answers your question. Kind regards Gary Carpenter

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