Posted by: Maya | 2007/08/07


Paternity Test

Good Day, I would like to find out more about paternity testing. Is there any law against it? Does it have to be done through a Court Order? Can it be done at the hospital straight after birth? What is the cost? I have read about home paternity tests, but not sure if it is available in SA or even legal or credible.
Thank you very much.

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I am afraid that I am not an expert in this field. Perhaps our Cyberdoc will be able to give your more information.

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Posted by: Maya | 2007/08/07

Thank you for all the feedback.


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Posted by: Anon | 2007/08/07

Hi Maya

You can do it in various ways

1. Bloodtests - in which case baby needs to be at least 3 months because before that their bodies are too small to donate that much blood. (its not really that much just compared to their bodies)
2. sputum (saliva) monsters taken from the mouth, (they rub the swad on the inside of the mouth to get cells from the cheeck aswell and is painless)

In both cases it is best to have the mom's sample as well because it makes the results more conclusive.

You do not have to go through a court - you can just make an appointment with any lab like ampath or lancet etc.

The cost is more or less R1500.00

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Posted by: Friend | 2007/08/07

Hi Maya

I had them done when my baby was 4 months old. You do not need a court order and yes it can be done straight after birth at any lab. It cost R1500 and we got the results back in less than 10 days.

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