DNA Test - Newport News, VA

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Health Street provides DNA tests and legal paternity testing in Newport News, Virginia at 5 testing laboratories. Call (757) 504-1899 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 Test - Newport News, Virginia

Newport News VA DNA Testing Locations

Types of DNA Tests at our Newport News, Virginia 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 Newport News DNA testing technicians are trained to follow these guidelines so that the results will be legally admissible.

How to schedule a DNA Test in Newport News VA

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Newport News 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 Newport News, plus many more locations throughout Virginia 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 Newport News, VA was in 2018.

Commitment to Community

Health Street is proud of its long standing commitment to serving the needs of the community with our robust offering of DNA tests in Newport News, Virginia and the surrounding areas. We have served the entire Hampton Roads region for nearly a decade.

Newport News, Virginia DNA Testing

DNA Test Helps Vietnamese-Born Man from Newport News Meet His GI Father

Andrew Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1972 to Tram 'Kim' Nguyen and Michael Strange, an American GI who was stationed on his second tour of duty. When Andrew was 16, he and his mother were sponsored by U.S. Catholic Church in Newport News, Virginia, allowing them to move to the United States. Andrew graduated from high school and college, married, and became a police officer. His father, Michael, searched for him briefly but without sufficient information, quickly hit a roadblock.

Years later, Andrew's son Matthew gave him a DNA test for his birthday. When the results started coming in, he helped him connect the dots, eventually leading to a reunion between Andrew and Michael. After meeting, the two continued to talk nearly every day, sometimes multiple times a day. They've now met in person and say they'll never let distance come between them again.

The Virginia Paternity Establishment Program

According to the Virginia Paternity Establishment Program, there are many important reasons to take the time to establish a child's paternity. Not only can having a relationship with both parents help support a child's self-esteem, but it also gives a child access to both sides of their family's health history. Legal paternity also establishes important rights, such as the ability to receive an inheritance and access to the father's Social Security and Veteran's Benefits.

How to Disestablish Paternity in Newport News

While establishing legal paternity is important for a child and both of the child's parents, it's also important for men to be able to protect themselves against false paternity claims. According to attorneys at The Firm for Men, a family law group serving Newport News and the surrounding area, if a man faces a false paternity claim, he must legally prove that he is not the child's father. The most common way to do this is through a DNA paternity test, which is done by swabbing the man's inner cheek. The results must show that there is an accuracy of 98% or higher for the courts to use the test to establish or disestablish paternity.

Last updated 8/31/2022

Neighborhoods Served in Newport News

Fort Eustis
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