DNA Test - Gulfport, MS

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Gulfport, Mississippi at 2 conveniently located testing laboratories. Call (228) 357-9273 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 Gulfport MS

Gulfport MS DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Gulfport MS 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:

Grandparent DNA Test (if the father is not available for testing)
Sibling DNA Test (possible brothers, sisters, or half-siblings)
Avuncular DNA Test (aunt/uncle and niece/nephew)

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 Gulfport DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Gulfport MS

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Gulfport 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 Gulfport, plus many more locations throughout Mississippi and across the United States. During registration, we'll show you the nearest locations for DNA testing so you can choose the site that's most convenient. You'll also 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 Gulfport, MS was in 2018.

Commitment to Gulfport

We are proud to help families seek out DNA testing in Gulfport, and we support you in your efforts to get answers to questions of paternity and other family relationships.

Gulfport, MS - DNA Testing

Local DNA Stories

Gulfport resident Steve Nelson, who never had a good relationship with his father, always knew he was different from his family. But in 2017, after about 60 years of wondering why he was the only one with blue eyes, the story came together. Steve's son, Michael, took a DNA test, and the test revealed that he had different ancestry than his grandparents, which meant that Steve's father wasn't his biological father. Steve's mother admitted to an affair in 1954 with a Turkish cadet stationed at Columbus Air Force Base, but she couldn't remember his last name. Michael connected with a relative in Miami searching for his uncle, and it happened to be Edrogan Kisacik, the same man. Steve learned that his biological dad and his two children were killed in a motor vehicle crash. He also discovered that Kisacik didn't even know he had a child in the United States. Steve and Michael connected with Steve's uncle and two cousins and in 2017, had a family reunion in Oklahoma. Although Steve wishes his mother would have been honest years ago, he said it was a blessing for him to know there was another man out there who was even better for him to call his dad.

Experts Say...

Maggio Law Firm in Gulfport explains the importance of establishing paternity for unmarried parents. "The child benefits when paternity is established because he or she receives financial support from his or her father, the right to inherit, and the right to access personal information such as health risks about that parent," the firm explains. " The law firm says that establishing paternity allows the child access to dependent-based government assistance in some situations, and paternity also provides psychological and emotional benefits for the child.

Proving Paternity for Child Custody Purposes in Gulfport, MS

For married Gulfport parents, the husband is presumed the child's father unless either parent proves otherwise in court. Unmarried parents in Gulfport can establish paternity by filing an Acknowledgment of Paternity form any time before the child turns 18. If either parent doubts paternity, Mississippi law allows parents to use DNA testing to prove paternity. In Mississippi, the court presumes paternity if a DNA test shows a 98% probability or higher that a man is the child's father.

Last updated 3/24/2023

Some Gulfport Neighborhoods That We Serve

40th St
8th Ave
County Farm
English Manor
Florence Gardens
Gulf Coast
King Farms
Magnolia Grove
North Big Hill
Old Hwy 49

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