What do we mean by a discrete paternity test? A discrete paternity test is basically a paternity test you do at home. However, the notion of home paternity testing is sometimes misleading. People think that a home paternity test involves getting the whole thing, including your results at home (perhaps something like a pregnancy test that tell you there and then whether you are pregnant or not).

Small note: discrete vs discreet paternity testing

The issue is with the actual meaning of the terms. “discrete” (sometimes written as discreet DNA test)means different whilst, on the other hand “discreet” refers to privacy and maintaining silence regarding an issue. People just confuse the 2 words and most likely actually mean discreet paternity testing rather than discrete.

It is not quite the same with paternity DNA testing. With discrete paternity testing (remember this is the same as saying an at home paternity test) you will receive a testing kit at home. In this kit you will find oral swabs. Typically you will also have some paper work to fill out; nothing to complex – just a few personal details and signatures will be required. You will also have instructions to tell you how to collect your DNA samples.

It is all quite simple; you take the swab about of its packaging, rub it inside the mouth and then allow it to dry. You need to be careful to make sure you label which swabs belong to which people and not get them mixed up as this can create issues which may mean your test will be cancelled once the samples get to the laboratory.

Discrete paternity DNA testing has the following advantages

  • It is private and anonymous. You get your kit delivered where you want it; you collect your DNA samples when you want and where you want. You have absolute confidentiality and privacy. With a discrete paternity test you can keep things private- if someone you need to participate in the test cannot do so, you can still carry out the test. Perhaps, for example, carry out a DNA test on one of the alleged father’s relatives in order to confirm the paternity of a child. You might also be able to send in a DNA sample of the alleged father, depending on the circumstances, laws in the country and comparing all available options to pick the best one.
  • It is extremely simple. People make mistakes extremely rarely with these tests. Collecting a DNA sample with an oral swab is elementary.
  • It is cost effective. Since you collect the samples you do not need to involve any clinics and doctors.

A discrete paternity test is accurate and reliable and will conclusively tell you whether you are or are not the biological father of a child or children.