DNA Test – Athens, GA
Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Athens, Georgia at 2 testing laboratories. Call (706) 204-3837 or schedule online. We offer legal paternity tests, sibling studies, grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing to determine if people are biologically related.
Set up DNA testing appointments online. Test results can be used in court for child support or to change a birth certificate; it can also be used for simple peace of mind. Appointments can be scheduled together or separately. Legal DNA tests are done by cheek swab at our testing centers. We can also extract DNA samples from hair follicles, fingernails, and other specimens.
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DNA Testing Athens GA
Types of DNA Tests at our Athens GA clinics:
Paternity Testing can conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child.
Relationship Testing for other close family relationships can be performed at our testing centers. Our DNA testing services can confirm or deny biological relationships between grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, half-siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews:
Specimens we can test for DNA
The easiest and most reliable way to obtain a DNA sample for paternity testing is to swab the inner cheeks of the alleged father and child or children. These skin cells are known as buccal cells, and they rub off easily onto cotton swabs and remain in place for analysis by our laboratory.
Other specimen samples, such as hair follicles, fingernails, and garments that might contain someone’s DNA, can also be tested. An Alternative Specimen DNA Test is done by ordering one of our testing kits online and shipping the specimens back to us.
Legal DNA Tests vs. “Peace of Mind” At-Home Tests
A Legal Paternity Test is a court admissible lab testing service performed at an AABB accredited laboratory. Accurate results for DNA paternity testing with 99.99% confidence or greater take about a week.
When deciding which type of DNA test is right for you, consider first what you might do with the results. A legal paternity DNA test will hold up in court for such matters as child support or to change the name on a birth certificate. This test must be performed using strict chain of custody procedures. Our Athens DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.
How to schedule a DNA Test in Athens GA
Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Athens clinics is simple and fast, and we often have appointments available in the same week. It’s always helpful to schedule in advance to make sure you get the time you want. Please call our customer service team to help you book your appointment over the phone, or set up your appointment easily online.
We have state of the art testing labs and friendly clinics that perform the DNA sample collection in Athens, plus many more locations throughout Georgia and across the United States. During registration, we’ll show you the nearest locations so you can choose the one that’s most convenient. You’ll pick the times and days that you prefer.
Why Health Street
A Decade Plus of Experience
Health Street has provided DNA tests since 2010. The first DNA test we performed in Athens, GA was in 2017.Since then, we have done 28 DNA tests at our Athens facilities.
Commitment to CommunityHealth Street is dedicated to serving the community and helping people find a location for DNA testing in Athens, Georgia.
Facts about DNA Testing in Athens GA
Man Jailed in Athens, GA for Refusing a DNA Paternity Test
In 2013, local resident Kenyatta Latroy Campbell drew significant attention for his role in a controversial paternity test issue. The man was held in a basement holding cell at Clarke County Jail for 10 hours a day for refusing to submit his DNA for a court-ordered paternity test. According to Georgia law, judges are authorized to require DNA samples in child support casesand the judge was well within his rights to hold him in contempt for refusing to comply.
The man’s attorney petitioned the courts, stating that the treatment was “cruel and unusual punishment.” It was further argued that the man was within his rights to refuse the test because there was potential for the DNA to be used in an unrelated criminal case in which he was the defendant.
Establishing Paternity in Athens, GA
According to Athens, GA attorney Thomas A. Camp, paternity must be legally established before a father has any rights regarding child visitation or custody. In many cases, DNA testing is mandated when paternity must be definitively established for child support issues. This testing can be requested by the mother, suspected father, child, or mandated by the state.
Mr. Camp also acknowledges that although mothers and fathers are both equally represented in his firm, there is often discrimination against fathers when it comes to custody and visitation issues. Working with a skilled attorney can sometimes help to eliminate this bias and ensure that men involved in paternity issues get a fair chance.