Dr. Jonty Heaversedge talks about the pros and cons of paternity tests.
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Emma Howard: Hello I'm Emma Howard and I'm joined by Doctor Jonty Heaversedge he is an expert on mens health problem. Hello Jonty. Jonty Heaversedge: Hi Emma Howard: I've got a question here from a young man he is recently got engaged to his girl friend of six months, but his x-girl friend has told him that she is pregnant with their child then it is clearly doubting whether it is his child because he wants to know how he can get a paternity test. Jonty Heaversedge: Okay, I mean this is the difficult one, because obviously their implications in having a paternity test for him for his x-partner for his current partner, and most of all I guess for the child and that's really important to remember in if you ever organizing a paternity test is actually they're really important applications for the child in the middle of all of this. Now he is concerned about getting a paternity test and they are available they tend to involve either of some cells from inside the cheek or a blood test. You can't get them, but I'm afraid that they are not available in the National Health Service. Emma Howard: They would have to pay for it. Jonty Heaversedge: They have to pay for it. His GP may be able to help to identify a local center that offers paternity testing, but otherwise if you look at some NHS direct they go to a list approved tests, but unfortunately it is something that you need to do it privately. Emma Howard: And you talk about the implications what do you mean by that. Jonty Heaversedge: I think just that obviously in terms of his current relationship their implications for that, but also in terms of a child if you just always trying to think about the child and what it will mean to the child to know who his or their parents are I think that's what you are going to keep sort of central to your thinking when you are going through process like this. Emma Howard: Yes knowing that the father had denied perhaps that he was the father. Jonty Heaversedge: Absolutely yeah. Emma Howard: So would it help him if he could do a GP about it that whole procedure. Jonty Heaversedge: Absolutely just because the test itself is in available in the National Health Service. It doesn't mean that actually you know it's not something that GP can talk about it. It can talk about the emotions involved can give useful advice and also we can then also going to suggest were you might go and get it done. Emma Howard: Very good advice Jonty, thank you very much indeed. And if you have a similar problem we hope we might have given you some help, but remember it's always best to go to your own doctor for medical advice. Thanks for watching. We will be back with more health questions and answers.