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Identigen Over the Counter Paternity Testing Kits

What Do You Think About OTC Paternity Tests?

The UK Sun had an article today about how over-the-counter paternity tests would soon be available in Britain. Little did I know that they've been legally available online in California, Oregon, and Washington since 2008.

The American kits, created by Identigen, sell for about $30 and come with cotton swabs that are to be used for taking samples from the inside of the baby, mother, and man's mouth. Once these samples are sealed in plastic bags along with $119 lab fee and a consent form, they're sent in for analysis. The results can be accessed online within three to five working days.

Although the results are supposed to have 99.99 percent accuracy, they're not allowed as evidence in court, where a more expensive and standard DNA test is required.

Some people think it's a bad idea to make this information so easily available. The person who would stand to lose most from the results, they reason, is the child who is suddenly without a father. What do you think about over-the-counter paternity tests?

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emmebeth emmebeth 7 years
I could imagine someone using this if they are not sure who the father is, and don't want to make a scene. How many Maury episodes have there been where a woman has to tell her husband that their kids may not be his? (I am not condoning this behavior, I just think that's how the test might come in handy)
dikke-kus dikke-kus 7 years
99.99% accuracy. I wouldn't doubt the result. Maybe take two tests then. Maybe it's a way to get started in the process of a court proceeding, or perhaps it's a way to save a lot of money for the other lab test through the state. Those tests might be very expensive. Anyway there's nothing wrong with having it on the shelves if we have a way to make it more accessible.
mguy414 mguy414 7 years
I apparently really need to get some sleep because when I read the title and skimmed a bit, I was thinking "what? I thought they were already available OTC?" Yes, I was thinking pregnancy test, not paternity test. Anyhoo, it wouldn't really bother me if they were available OTC, but I probably personally wouldn't trust one as much as I would trust a professional test. Though I like to think I wouldn't ever get in a position to need one....
Marci Marci 7 years
My own humble opinion is that this is WAY too big of an issue to trust an OTC test to. Just sayin'.
Pistil Pistil 7 years
I don't know if I would trust the accuracy. I guess I'll just have to make sure I never have to use it. How does it make it easier to whore around?
margokhal margokhal 7 years
Eh. DNA is pretty standard all the way around; I don't think there's an increased chance that the results from the OTC will be different than the court's lab tests, which can be prohibitively expensive. The problem comes if a person doesn't swab correctly or contaminates the samples somehow. I think every person involved has the right to know the truth about where they come from - not just for the parent's self-satisfaction (because a DNA test doesn't prove that a partner wasn't unfaithful, just that they did/didn't create a child), but ultimately for the child's health. Not everyone has the financial means to get a "standard" DNA test, though, so this may be a economically-friendly alternative. As long as the OTC has the same accuracy as the other more expensive test, I don't see what the problem is.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
I feel the most trusted source is a standard DNA test; not something you take & mail yourself.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
They don't really bother me :shrug:
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