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At Home Paternity Test Reviews

Updated on February 22, 2014

Peace of Mind

Whether it's for your peace of mind, or for legal reasons, DNA testing is the only way for those unsure moms to find out who fathered their child. DNA is found in all living cells of the body, including blood and saliva. Testing is most commonly done using saliva and a simple cheek swab test kit.

Gone are the days of waiting to see the doctor or genetics counselor, many at home paternity tests can be found at fairly reasonable prices, many with accuracy ratings of at least 99% when care is taken to carefully collect the samples and keep them sterile. In situations in which there is an issue of child support, testing must be performed by a licensed physician in order to be sure the samples were collected properly.

Getting Started

For those interested in a home paternity test, recommendations about various tests can be found by simply calling your doctor or family practioner for advice on trusted names of tests that can be purchased.

Your physician may also be able to tell you about any free testing services available in your area. You can also do your own research online by checking customer reviews, blogs, and forums.

Taking the Test

Most at home paternity test kits contain the same basic contents such as: buccal (cheek) swabs, labels and containers, easy-to-follow instructions on how the testing must be performed, and a package for returning the samples to the laboratory for testing.

Mother, possible father, and child will all be tested by obtaining cheek swab samples from each. Rotate the swab often while applying medium pressure in order to obtain cheek cells.

Two samples from each cheek should be taken from each individual for a total of four swabs each. Taking one sample at a time and properly labeling it before obtaining another sample is the best way to assure that there are no mix up in samples.

Once all of the samples are properly obtained, follow the included instructions from your at home paternity test for shipping to a laboratory for testing. Testing result times may vary, yet on average most people have their results in a week or less.


Most at home paternity tests can be purchased for as little as $25 for brands such as Identigene, which can be found at your local Walmart or pharmacy. The expensive part is the laboratory fees which generally run around $120.


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      Stephanie Henkel 7 years ago from USA

      I came across this while browsing Hubpages and found it to be very interesting and informative. I've enjoyed your other writing, too!

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      Karl2666 7 years ago

      very informative article; the cost also changes depending on the number of people being tested; I got mine for only 139$ with kit and testing with