Advances in field of DNA testing mean that, nowadays, a number of DNA tests are not longer necessarily done in hospitals or clinics. Amongst these tests is the at home paternity test which will establish whether an alleged father is the biological father of a child. This type of test is in huge demand because it allows test participants to collect the DNA samples in the privacy and comfort of their own home which also means the overall test is considerably cheaper as it does not require doctors and medical visits.
An at home paternity test is done when one simply has a doubt regarding paternity and is in fact sometimes referred to as a peace of mind test; if you keep asking yourself “Am I the father of this child? Could it be that I may not be the father’’ then the at home test is the one you need.
How do I go about an at home Paternity Test?
Many DNA testing companies will provide you with a home paternity test kit. The kit will contain the following:
• The oral swabs for the test
• Consent forms
You will normally receive 2 oral swabs per person which are packed in separate envelopes with each envelope allocated to one test participant. These swabs are simply rubbed on the inside of mouth to collect cheek cells and saliva. The instructions provided will guide you through the step by step process. The consent forms require all test participants to fill in the details consenting to the at home paternity test. Children that are under the age of consent will require a legal guarding or parent to sign on the behalf of the child. Once you have collected done everything you just send everything back to the laboratory for testing.
Who takes part in the Home DNA Paternity Test?
These types of genetic paternity tests can be done with or without the mother’s DNA samples. A paternity test always involves the father’s DNA samples, although there are other DNA tests that can be done to confirm paternity in instances where the father is not available for testing. Whenever the mother is available for testing, sending her samples will help provide a stronger result. However, a motherless paternity test is often carried out. In the case of a motherless paternity test (father and chil/children), the result will show an inclusion rate of 99.9% or higher if the tested father is to be confirmed as the biological father of the child. If the father cannot be included as the child’s biological father then the result will show a 0% inclusion.
At home paternity tests are highly accurate and reliable and having the added advantage of doing the test at home relieves much of the stress and complications that such tests could potentially involve when done through clinics.