GENERAL

 

How is the appointment made and where?

Someone will call you to schedule a date, time, and place for your appointment. You may elect to have the exam completed at your home or work location. At this time there are no walk-ins.  You must schedule an appointment.

 

What happens to this information?

All of the information obtained during the collection process is strictly confidential. Specimens will be forwarded to the laboratory and results will be sent to the requesting physician or employer.  

 

Why is blood testing required and how much do you need?

Blood testing has been found to provide important information.  You should advise your examiner if you've had previous problems such as fainting, nausea, are currently taking large doses of aspirin, and/or have difficulty clotting or bruise easily.

 

Can you get an infectious disease from this blood draw?

No. The materials used are used only once.  If the materials are in kits, the examiner will open the kit in front of you as well as show the seal being broken on the needle.

 

What tests will be completed?

Each individual company selects the tests they need. The examiner is requested only to collect and prepare the specimen (blood, urine, or saliva) for analysis.  The lab or doctor will provide information to the examiner regarding specific tests. 

 

Who will receive the results of your test?

The lab sends the results directly to your doctor.

DNA SPECIFIC

How is the appointment made and where?

Someone will call you to schedule a date, time, and place for your appointment. You may elect to have the exam completed at your home, work, hospital or wherever is comfortable for you.  At this time there are no walk-ins.  You must schedule an appointment.

 

Is there a mininum age for ordering a DNA test?

You must be 18  years of age to order a Legal Chain of Custody test.  Non-chain tests do not require a mininum age.

What is the difference between Legal Chain of Custody and Non-Chain?

A Legal Chain of Custody can be used in a court of law and for numerous legal purposes.  Non-Chain tests are strictly for your knowledge.  They cannot be used in court or in any legal proceedings.   If you need results for court or a legal purpose, a legal chain of custody must be ordered.  

Will you protect my privacy?

We will not release any information about your case to anyone without your authorization.  Test results are never released over the phone.  If a test is court ordered, results can be released to the court.

What type of sample is collected?

Most testing is done with buccal swabs.  The procedure involves collecting cheek cells from inside the mouth using a cotton-like swab.  The specimens are forwarded and tested TWICE in an AABB accredited laboratory.  This is standard on all legal chain of custody tests.

 

Can you do a paternity test before the baby is born?

Yes. Paternity can be established using a prenatal paternity test.

Can a paternity test be performed without the mother?

Yes.  This is considered a motherless paternity test.  Mothers are encouraged to participate because participation allows them to receive a copy of the test results as well as aid in the analysis. 

Can a paternity test be performed if the alleged father is missing or deceased?

Yes.  If no biological sample from the alleged father is available, grandparentage testing is the next option to consider.  If one or both paternal grandparents are unavailable, genetic reconstruction and siblingship tests may be performed to indirectly determine a child's paternity.

Who will receive the results of your test?

We are only allowed to release results to those tested, their authorized representatives (i.e an attorney), or the tested child's legal custodian.

Can donors be tested at different times?

Yes, we can schedule different appointments to have them tested.  Please state this when scheduling the appointment so proper arrangements can be made.

Do I need a physician's order or a court order to have a paternity test done?

No. An individual can take a DNA test without a physician's request or court order. The only exception is the state of New York. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) only allows DNA testing to be requested by licensed physicians or court ordered. You must provide this order before appointment can be scheduled if you are a resident of New York or if expected to be used in a court of law in New York.