Fact Check: Claim about dual efficiency of at-home pregnancy test kits is false
An image of a pregnancy test kit showing the face of a person is shared virally with the claim that it can reveal the father’s identity along with confirming the pregnancy.
An image of a pregnancy test kit showing the face of a person is shared virally with the claim that it can reveal the father’s identity along with confirming the pregnancy. The image shows an unbranded home pregnancy kit with a pregnancy positive result and a picture of the hopeful father.
The claim with the picture says, “New pregnancy test shows a picture of the father”
The claim that the latest pregnancy test reveals the identity of the father is false. The image is a morphed one.
When we performed a reverse image search, we found that the image was shared on websites like Tulsa Health Department. This image does not include the screen showing the image of the father.
It is a stock image on depositphotos.com, uploaded in May 2012. That means it is an old image and does not show the latest technological advances.
According to research, the first home pregnancy test kits were introduced in 1976. Now, these kits use antibodies to detect human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). hCG is an ideal marker of pregnancy since it rises rapidly and consistently in early pregnancy and can be detected in urine.
However, to identify the father of an unborn child a totally different marker is used. DNA paternity tests are used to establish the biological father of a child. They compare genetic code of the samples taken from the potential father and their child. The samples need to be taken separately from the possible father and the child. This test can be done during the pregnancy and also after the child is born.
At-home DNA paternity test kits have two different ways of testing. One takes a blood sample of both father and child, others use swabs from the inside of the cheeks for buccal cells.
Hence, the image is a morphed one and there is no such home pregnancy test yet that tests both pregnancy as well as paternity. The claim is false.