Frequently Asked Questions

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Infidelity Tests

Which Infidelity test do I need?

The Semen Detection and Saliva Detection tests are yes or no tests.  They will tell you if the substance is present on your sample.  And, this may be all you need to know to answer your questions.  However, if you are a man wanting to know if the semen is yours, or a woman wanting to know if the stain contains another woman’s DNA, you’ll need to do a DNA Comparison test and submit a sample of your DNA as a cheek swab.
 

If you only want to know if male, female, or a mixture of DNA is present on your sample–you want the DNA Detection Test.

If you are still not sure which one you need, please contact us at info@privatelabresults.com, call 800-908-9117, or fill out the contact form and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

If you think there is a chance you have left your DNA on the sample by handling it with your bare hands, we recommend you order the DNA Comparison Test and send a cheek swab from yourself.  This will eliminate you as a contributor to any DNA that may be found.

What can I send to be tested?

We can test almost anything for DNA, semen, blood, and saliva:  Clothing – sheets – towels – sanitary pads – tampons – tissues – sex toys – condoms.  If you aren’t sure, call us at 800-908-9117, email us at info@privatelabresults.com, or fill out our contact form.  If you are sending your DNA to test against another sample, send a cheek swab.  Instructions are here.

If you want to send an item for DNA testing please note:

Items with a 90% or higher success rate of obtaining DNA:  Fresh semen on swab or fabric (if no vasectomy), mucus/sputum on tissue, napkin, etc, toothbrush

Items with a 60-90% success rate:  blood stain on fabric, tissue, gauze, etc., saliva stain, fingernail clippings (5-10 clippings), diabetic test strips (multiple strips recommended), ear swabs, cigarette butts (multiple preferred), tampon/feminine pad, drinking straw, dental floss

Items with 60% or less success rate:  hair (roots must be visible, 7-10 hairs needed), razor, comb/brush, chewing tobacco (less than three days old), jewelry, chewing gum (sugarless preferred), soda can/drinking glass, clothing (hats, bandannas, clothing worn next to skin) envelope flaps/stamps, condom

If you want a stain tested that’s on a garment you can’t send, or on furniture or a car seat, you can take a stain swab and send it instead.  The instructions are here.

Can I do a semen detection, then a DNA if the semen test is positive?

Sure.  If you want to wait and get the semen detection test results first, then decide if you want or need a DNA test, that’s OK.  All samples are automatically kept for 60 days after testing, so you have time to decide if you want further testing, or if you have all the answers you need.  If you decide you want DNA testing after you get your results, just contact us and we’ll walk you through the process.

How do I get started?

You can order the test you need through the website by clicking on the Find Out Now! button for the test you want.  Add the test to your cart and check out with your credit card.  The charges will appear on your bank statement as “PLR 800-908-9117”.  If you do not want this to happen, you can send in a check or money order with your samples when you mail them to us.

All of the instructions for marking, packaging, and mailing in your sample can be found when you click the Find out Now! button for your specific test. They can also be found here.

For all the tests, print the Sample Submission Form, fill it out and send it back in your package.  We cannot begin testing without the form.

Mail everything to Private Lab Results, 743 Gold Hill Place S #67, Woodland Park CO 80863.

Once we get your sample, we’ll send you an email to let you know it’s arrived and testing has begun.  When your results are ready, we will send them to you in the manner you’ve indicated on the Sample Submission Form.

How old can a sample be?

A woman can discharge fluids from sexual activity for 5-7 days. How long you can detect any semen in the discharge depends on how the item has been stored. For semen, as long as the item hasn’t been laundered and the stain is still visible it can be testable for years.

DNA can also last for years as long as the item has been kept dry, and stored in a cool, dark place away from heat and direct sunlight.  Never store your sample in a plastic bag.  Plastic traps heat and moisture which can degrade the DNA.

Can I get my sample back?

Sure.  Just add the sample return to your order.  If you want to wait and get the results first, that’s OK.  All samples are automatically kept for 60 days after testing if you don’t add the return to your initial order.  You can decide you want the sample returned or if you want further testing at any time during that period.  Just contact us and we’ll help you arrange it.

Can My Results Be Used in Court?

Chain of custody refers to the paperwork trail documenting the way a sample is collected and handled throughout the entire testing process. Since you will be collecting the samples yourself and submitting them privately, you will not have a strict chain of custody and the test results you receive will be noted as “informational only”. Strictly speaking, for results to have a strict chain of custody, the samples must be collected by an unrelated third party such as a hospital, clinic, ME’s office, funeral director, law enforcement, etc. For obvious reasons this rigorous identification and handling procedure is not always going to be possible.  Courts and legal official know this, and the weight an agency will give the results is up to the agency.

Food Tests

What can you test for?

We commonly test food for saliva, bacteria, chemicals and poisons, and drugs. We can also test for allergens, heavy metals, mold, staph, and more. If you are looking for something you don’t see here, let us know.  Call us at 800-908-9117 or contact us here.

How do I get started?

You can order the test you need through the website by clicking on the Get it Here button for the test you want.  Add the test to your cart and check out with your credit card. You can also send payment as a check or money order with your sample.

A link to all of the instructions for marking, packaging, and mailing in your sample can be found when you click the Get it Here button for your specific test. They can also be found here.

For all the tests, print the Sample Submission Form.  Fill it out and send it back in your package.  We cannot begin testing without the form.

Once we get your sample, we’ll send you an email to let you know it’s arrived and testing has begun.  When your results are ready, we will send them to you in the manner you’ve indicated on the Sample Submission Form.

What does the chemicals test look for?

We test for thousands of substances including herbicides, pesticides, solvents, food coloring and additives, cleaning products, BPA, antifreeze, and fracking chemicals.   Click here for more detail.

What does the drug test look for?

We test for hundreds of prescription, over the counter, and illegal drugs.  This includes amphetamines, antihistamines, barbiturates, cough syrups, marijuana, opiates, muscle relaxants, and more.  Click here for more detail.  Call or email us if you are looking for something specific you don’t see here.

How do I ship a food sample?

For the chemicals/poisons, drug, and saliva testing, you’ll want to make sure that you ship in a leak proof container.  Here’s a link to complete instructions for packaging and shipping your sample.

Print, fill out, and return the Sample Submission Form with your sample(s). This form must be signed and returned before any testing can begin.

I got food from a restaurant and think someone tampered with it. Can you test it?

Sure.  Package the food and send it to us.  We can test for semen, saliva, chemicals, drugs, and more. 

Can My Results Be Used in Court?

Chain of custody refers to the paperwork trail documenting the way a sample is collected and handled throughout the entire testing process. Since you will be collecting the samples yourself and submitting them privately, you will not have a strict chain of custody. Generally speaking, for results to have a strict chain of custody, the samples must be collected by an unrelated third party such as a hospital, clinic, ME’s office, funeral director, law enforcement, etc. For obvious reasons this rigorous identification and handling procedure is not always going to be possible.  Courts and legal official know this, and the weight the results will be given is up to the agency.  We always recommend you reserve some of your sample in case further testing needs to be done by a law enforcement or other legal agency.

Hair Tests

Which hair test do I need?

We can test for date rape drugs, chemicals & poisons or heavy metals.  If you aren’t sure which test you need email or call us and we’ll guide you to the right test for you.

How do I get started?

You can order the test you need through the website by clicking on the Get it Here button for the test you want.  Add the test to your cart and check out with your credit card.  The charges will appear on your bank statement as “PLR 800-908-9117”.

With all the human hair tests we will send you a sample collection kit.  It will come with complete instructions for collecting your hair sample.

You will also receive a Sample Submission Form in your kit. Fill out the form completely and return it with your sample.  We cannot begin testing without the form. 

Collection kits are not sent to addresses outside the US. We will email you complete instructions for collecting your sample and sending it to us.

Once we get your sample, we’ll send you an email to let you know it’s arrived and testing has begun.  When your results are ready, we will send them to you in the manner you’ve indicated on the Sample Submission Form.

What does the chemicals test look for?

We test for thousands of substances including herbicides, pesticides, solvents, food coloring and additives, cleaning products, BPA, antifreeze, and fracking chemicals.   Click here for more detail.

What does the drug test look for?

We test for hundreds of prescription, over the counter, and illegal drugs.  This includes amphetamines, antihistamines, barbiturates, cough syrups, marijuana, opiates, muscle relaxants, and more.  Click here for more detail.  Call or email us if you are looking for something specific you don’t see here.

What if my hair has been colored, bleached or permed?

Chemicals treatments to the hair may affect some of the metals testing as some hair colors contain metals. 

Generally, hair treatments do not affect the ability to test for drugs or chemicals.  Hair treatments can cause damage to the hair which can decrease the amount of drug or chemical in the hair, but normally does not remove it entirely.

All the hair is cleaned before testing is done to remove any external chemicals or contaminants.

How long should I wait to test my hair?

It takes 2-3 weeks for drugs or chemicals to move into the hair, then for the hair to grow out enough to be able to cut for testing.

Hair grows about 1/2″ per month, so hair that is long enough can be cut to test a specific point in time.

Body hair will hold evidence of drugs or chemicals for approximately the last 6 months of time.

Can My Results Be Used in Court?

Chain of custody refers to the paperwork trail documenting the way a sample is collected and handled throughout the entire testing process. Since you will be collecting the samples yourself and submitting them privately, you will not have a strict chain of custody. Because of this, your results will be labeled “for clinical use only, not for forensic purposes”.  Generally speaking, for results to have a strict chain of custody, the samples must be collected by an unrelated third party such as a hospital, clinic, ME’s office, funeral director, law enforcement, etc. For obvious reasons this rigorous identification and handling procedure is not always going to be possible.  Courts and legal official know this, and the weight the results will be given is up to the agency.

Water Tests

What can you test for?

We commonly test water for saliva, chemicals and poisons, or drugs.  If you are looking for something you don’t see here, let us know.  We can probably test it for you!

How do I get started?

You can order the test you need through the website by clicking on the Get it Here button for the test you want.  Add the test to your cart and check out with your credit card.  You can also send in a check or money order with your samples when you mail them to us.

All of the instructions for marking, packaging, and mailing in your sample can be found when you click the Get it Here button for your specific test. They can also be found here.

For all the tests, print the Sample Submission Form. Fill it out and send it back in your package.  We cannot begin testing without the form.

Once we get your sample, we’ll send you an email to let you know it’s arrived and testing has begun.  When your results are ready, we will send them to you in the manner you’ve indicated on the Sample Submission Form.

How do I ship a water sample?

We accept delivery from all carriers.  Here’s a link to complete packaging and shipping instructions for water or other liquids.

Print, fill out, and return the Sample Submission Form with your sample.  We will not begin testing without a signed form.

What does the chemicals test look for?

We test for thousands of substances including herbicides, pesticides, solvents, food coloring and additives, cleaning products, BPA, antifreeze, and fracking chemicals.   Click here for more detail.

What does the drug test look for?

We test for hundreds of prescription, over the counter, and illegal drugs.  This includes amphetamines, antihistamines, barbiturates, cough syrups, marijuana, opiates, muscle relaxants, and more.  Click here for more detail.  Call or email us if you are looking for something specific you don’t see here.

Can My Results Be Used in Court?

Chain of custody refers to the paperwork trail documenting the way a sample is collected and handled throughout the entire testing process. Since you will be collecting the samples yourself and submitting them privately, you will not have a strict chain of custody. Generally speaking, for results to have a strict chain of custody, the samples must be collected by an unrelated third party such as a hospital, clinic, ME’s office, funeral director, law enforcement, etc. For obvious reasons this rigorous identification and handling procedure is not always going to be possible.  Courts and legal official know this, and the weight the results will be given is up to the agency.  We always recommend you reserve some of your sample in case further testing needs to be done by a law enforcement or other legal agency.

Pet Poisoning Tests

Which test do I need?

We can test your pet’s food or water for chemicals and poisons, bacteria, or drugs. If you aren’t sure which test you need email or call us and we’ll guide you to the right test for you.

How do I get started?

You can order the test you need through the website by clicking on the More Info button for the test you want.  Add the test to your cart and check out with your credit card.  The charges will appear on your bank statement as “PLR 800-908-9117”.  If you do not want this to happen, you can send in a check or money order with your samples when you mail them to us.

Put food and/or water samples in a leak proof container.  If it’s a food item you would refrigerate at home, you should ship using a chill pack. This is especially important if you are wanting a bacteria test.  It’s OK to freeze the food for at least 24 hours before you ship. Check out the packaging and shipping instructions here. 

Print and fill out the Sample Submission form from the order page for your test.  We cannot begin testing without a signed form.

What does the chemicals test look for?

We test for thousands of substances including herbicides, pesticides, solvents, food coloring and additives, cleaning products, BPA, antifreeze, and fracking chemicals.   Click here for more detail.

What does the drug test look for?

We test for hundreds of prescription, over the counter, and illegal drugs.  This includes amphetamines, antihistamines, barbiturates, cough syrups, marijuana, opiates, muscle relaxants, and more.  Click here for more detail.  Call or email us if you are looking for something specific you don’t see here.

Can you test pet hair?

We can test pet hair for the same substances as human hair.  We can look for drugs, chemicals and poisons, or heavy metals.

We do not send a collection kit for pet hair.  Simply put approximately 200 hairs (the diameter of a pencil) in an envelope or plastic bag, print and fill out the Sample Submission Form and ship everything to us.

Cremated Remains Tests

What can you test for?

We can test cremated remains for heavy metals or to see if any DNA remains.  Drugs or prescription medications do not survive the cremation process.

How do I get started?

Contact us at info@privatelabresults.com or call 800-908-9117. We’ll send you an invoice you can pay online. Once we receive payment notification, we’ll send you an email with shipping instructions along with chain of custody and return forms. You will ship the remains directly to the testing lab. Testing takes about 10 business days.

How do I ship cremated remains?

Once we receive payment notification we’ll send you shipping information.  The USPS is the only carrier who will knowingly carry human remains.  Here’s a link to their packaging and shipping instructions.  You will ship the remains directly to the testing facility.

Can I use DNA results for ancestry or family history?

No.  If DNA is found in the cremains, the information is not the type needed for family history or genetic testing.

 

Do you need all the remains?

DNA testing requires that bone fragments or teeth be in the remains. It’s best to send them all so the best ones can be selected for testing. Everything is returned to you after testing is complete. For the heavy metal tests we only need 15g or about 1 tablespoon. If any of the remains are left after testing they will be returned to you.

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lab testing for date rape drugs, evidence of poisoning in pets, infidelity semen detection, cremated remains (ashes) for trace amounts of DNA and Poisons or Toxins

Private Lab Results

743 Gold Hill Place S #67

Woodland Park CO 80863

800-908-9117

Hours:

Monday – Thursday 8:00 to 5:00

Friday 8:00 to 12:00

Saturday & Sunday – Closed

 

Private Lab Results

743 Gold Hill Place S #67

Woodland Park CO 80863

800-908-9117

Hours:

Monday – Thursday 8:00 to 5:00

Friday 8:00 to 12:00

Saturday & Sunday – Closed

 

Private Lab Results offers a wide menu of testing services that include: infidelity tests, testing hair for date rape drugs, food and water tests for poison, drugs, bacteria, or chemicals, and cremated remains testing.  All our tests are performed by certified labs with years of experience. We understand your need for privacy and discretion, so you need only provide us as much personal information as you are comfortable. Test results can be sent by email, phone, or mail–whatever works best for you.