DNA Testing - Rock Hill, South Carolina

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Health Street offers DNA testing, legal paternity tests, and sibling DNA tests in Rock Hill, South Carolina at 3 conveniently located testing centers. Register now, or call us at (803) 219-3272 with any questions. Our paternity testing (including grandparent DNA tests, avuncular (aunt or uncle) testing, and postmortem DNA testing) determines if two or more people are related.

Schedule your Rock Hill DNA test appointment online. Our legal DNA test results can be used in court for matters such as: child support, birth certificates, and custody cases. Appointments can be scheduled together or separately. Legal DNA tests are done by cheek swab at our testing centers. We also offer home DNA test kits for peace of mind. DNA can be tested from hair, fingernails, and other specimens.

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DNA Test - Rock Hill, South Carolina

Rock Hill SC DNA Testing Locations

Paternity Testing in Rock Hill, South Carolina

There are several types of DNA testing services that are offered at our Rock Hill testing centers to validate close family relationships. The most commonly ordered DNA test is a legal paternity test to conclusively establish whether or not a man is the biological father of a child. Health Street's 21 marker DNA paternity testing is the state of the art. Our paternity test results are statistically conclusive at the rate of 99.9% or greater.

Other DNA Tests

Relationship Tests to validate grandparent to grandchild, siblings, half-siblings, aunts, and uncles:

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)

DNA tests such as sibling or avuncular studies, can sometimes come back with a result of less than 95% certainty. This is normal, especially if only two parties participate in the test. Adding an additional close relative to the test helps us learn more about the family's DNA composition and typically leads to a more conclusive result.

Specimens we can test for DNA

The easiest and most reliable way to perform a genetic sample collection for a paternity test is by a swab of the inner cheeks. These skin cells, known as buccal cells, rub off easily onto cotton swabs and remain in place, to be extracted by our testing laboratories for analysis.

Other specimens, such as hair follicles, fingernails, and garments that might contain someone's DNA, can also undergo lab testing to see if there is a match. These non-standard DNA tests are done by registering online for an Alternative Specimen DNA Test (Nails, Teeth, Fabric). Once registered, you ship the DNA sample to our lab. We'll attempt to extract the DNA and compare it to a cheek swab of the other party.

Legal DNA Tests vs. "Peace of Mind" At-Home Tests

When deciding which type of DNA test is right for you, consider first what you might do with the results. In order for the results to hold up in court, the DNA specimen must be collected at a clinic using strict chain of custody procedures. The DNA testing technicians at our Rock Hill test centers are trained to follow guidelines that ensure that the results can be used for legal purposes.

The results of our legal DNA tests can be used for any legal purpose:

to change the name on a birth certificate
to petition for child support
to petition for survivor benefits
for child custody arrangements
to alter inheritance procedures or wills

Home tests offer more flexibility:

Home DNA tests are specimens containing DNA (or possible DNA) that are shipped to us for analysis. The results of these home tests cannot be used in court (since there is no way to prove whose specimens were actually sent). However, the tests are just as accurate and can provide peace of mind. At-home DNA tests also offer a lot more flexibility.

In addition to commonly mailed in DNA specimens like hair follicles, we can also extract DNA from other bodily fluids. We can even try and lift the DNA left on items like clothing, a toothbrush, or a straw. If we can get the DNA from the alternative item, we can then compare it to another person to see if they are related. Some examples include:

Stained garments
Mucus and other bodily fluids
Soda cans
Chewing gum

How to schedule a DNA Test in Rock Hill SC

Scheduling a DNA test at one of our Rock Hill clinics is simple and fast, and we often have appointments available in the same week, though it's always helpful to schedule in advance to make sure you get the time you want. We have clinics in Rock Hill, plus many more throughout South Carolina 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.

You can set up separate appointments for each of the people being tested, either at the same location or at different locations. You'll get an email and text message with your appointment information. There is no fee if you need to change the time or location of a DNA test appointment at any time.

How long it takes to get results of a DNA test

Paternity tests conducted at one of our Rock Hill facilities typically take about a week to come back. Other relationship tests, such as sibling studies, can take a few days longer to come back. When the results are ready, you are notified immediately via email. Then, the hard copies of the paperwork are sent afterward via regular mail.

The DNA test appointment - what to expect and what to bring

The appointment itself only takes about 15 minutes. The specimen collection process is a simple and painless cheek swab. No needles are used. When you're being tested at our Rock Hill clinic, you'll be asked to provide fingerprints and to show photo identification. We'll also take pictures of the people being tested so that the final report will include legal assurances of who was actually tested.

For infants, hospital discharge papers qualify as identification. Otherwise, a birth certificate or social security card can be used as ID for a child. No other preparations are required for this appointment.

Does the mother need to be present at a paternity test?

If a man is considered the legal father of a child, then the mother does not have to be present or give consent for paternity testing. However, if he is not currently considered the legal father, then he cannot sign for the child. Therefore, the mother does need to be there. If neither parent is available, other legal guardians can bring the child so long as they have the right to make medical decisions on the child's behalf.

DNA testing if one party is not in Rock Hill

The two parties testing (for example: father and child) do not have to be tested at the same time or even at the same location. We have many clinics across South Carolina as well as nationwide, so we can test one party in Rock Hill and the other party anywhere else in the USA. The specimens are then matched up in the lab for analysis.

Laboratory certifications

Health Street works strictly with AABB Certified labs for DNA testing. All specimens that are collected in Rock Hill or elsewhere are shipped securely from our testing locations to a nationally certified laboratory.

Why Health Street

Over a Decade of Experience

Health Street has been performing DNA testing nationally since 2010.  The first DNA test in Rock Hill, SC performed by Health Street was in 2018.

Dedication to Excellence

Our dedication to excellence includes our commitment to provide compassionate services and to helping people obtain the accurate DNA testing in Rock Hill that they need. 

Rock Hill, South Carolina - DNA Testing

Establishing paternity in Rock Hill, SC

In Rock Hill, South Carolina, a child does not automatically have a legal father if born to parents who are not married. The father will also have no rights or responsibilities for the child until legal paternity is established. To ensure a recognized and binding relationship, there are several avenues available for establishing paternity.

If the parents are in agreement about paternity, they often choose to sign the Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity (VAP) shortly after the child is born at the hospital. However, it is crucial to adhere to specific requirements to validate this process. The VAP must be signed in the presence of a notary and subsequently submitted to the Office of Vital Records. The father's name can be added to the child's birth certificate after the VAP has been filed.

Alternatively, if there are uncertainties regarding paternity or if the parents face challenges in their relationship, they can pursue legal resolution through the court system. In such cases, a judge may order a DNA test to provide evidence of paternity. If the test results confirm the biological relationship between the alleged father and the child, the judge will establish legal paternity, affirming the father's rights and obligations.

Rock Hill, South Carolina: Reasons to establish paternity

Establishing paternity can benefit the parents and the child.

Children can have a better relationship with both parents
They can have access to medical history from both sides of the family
There may be benefits regarding life and health insurance, Social Security, inheritance, or veterans benefits

Some benefits parents gains once paternity is established can include:

Sharing the responsibilities of parenthood, such as costs but also decisions making regarding the child's health, education, or upbringing
Sharing custody, visitation hours, and financial support of the child
Establishing a better bond with the child and forming an emotional connection

Last updated 4/25/2023

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