Take It From Me: The Top 5 Things You Should Know About DNA Paternity Tests {Guest Post}

January 17, 2014

The Top 5 Things You Should Know About DNA Paternity Tests {Guest Post}

Whether you are a man who has recently been told that you have a child whom you need to support or you are a woman who is not sure who the father of your child is, a DNA paternity test can help give you the answers you have been searching for. If you are looking for a quality DNA test, it is recommended that you be very careful and only request a test from a laboratory that has a good reputation and can be trusted to give you accurate results. There are many reputable laboratories that offer very inexpensive pricing for their DNA tests and may even include a free DNA test – see homedna.com. If done properly, a DNA paternity test can be more than 99% accurate, so as long as you order the test from a quality lab you can have great confidence in the test results they send back to you.

If you have never requested a DNA paternity test before, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns about how the testing process works. To help answer your questions and assist you in becoming more informed on the subject, here are the top 5 things you should know about paternity tests.

1.     The Most Accurate Tests Require 3 DNA Samples
For the most accurate DNA test results, it is important for three different DNA samples to be sent to the laboratory: one from the mother, one from the alleged father, and one from the child. If the mother of the child is unavailable or is unwilling to submit a DNA sample, a paternity test can still be conducted but it will not be as accurate without the mother’s DNA.
Before submitting a DNA sample from the child, it is imperative that the legal guardian of the child give their permission. If the child is legally an adult they can make their own decision about whether or not to submit a DNA sample for testing.

2.     Paternity Test Results are Strictly Confidential
If you are worried about your privacy or about your DNA test results falling into the wrong hands, you need not worry as long as you order for a quality laboratory. Paternity test results are strictly confidential and will only be revealed to the person submitting the DNA samples for testing. If the person who submits the samples requests that the results be distributed to a third party such as an attorney, the laboratory will do so.

3.     Newborns Can be Tested
If you want to submit a paternity test as soon as your child is born, you can do so. It can be helpful to know right away who the father of your newborn baby is so that they can be a part of your lives and offer monetary support. Simple buccal swabs can be used to collect a DNA sample from your newborn’s cheek, or you can request that a blood sample can be collected from the umbilical cord after your child is born.

4.     A Doctor’s Order is Not Required for a Paternity Test
In most states, a DNA paternity test can be requested without a doctor’s order. If you have any doubts about the rules where you live, check with your state’s regulations on DNA paternity testing. In New York for example, only a licensed physician or someone else who is lawfully authorized can request that a paternity test be conducted. However, most states do not have these types of restrictions and a DNA paternity test can be requested at any time.

5.     The Results of a Paternity Test Cannot be Altered
It is understandable that in some cases you might panic if you are worried about receiving a positive paternity test, but it is important to note that the results of a DNA-based paternity test cannot be altered. Taking alcohol or medications before submitting your DNA sample for testing will not alter the results. Similarly, changing your lifestyle in any other way will not change your DNA and thus will not alter the results of your paternity test. Also, because paternity tests are so precise, the chances of receiving a false positive are extremely remote.

If you have any additional questions or concerns about DNA paternity testing, be sure to contact a reputable DNA testing lab that can answer all of your questions.


  1. Sounds like good advice for those how might need it, especially that the results are confidential.

  2. What a lot of great information. I am so glad the results cannot be altered.

  3. I never knew all of this! There's a lot involved for a paternity test!


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