Clinics say 30 percent of tested men are not the biological father of their children
A leading Beijing paternity testing center says up to 30 percent of tested men were not the biological fathers of their children.
The Forensic Science Center of Beijing Genomics Institute, which has 19 offices across China, said there had been a 20 percent annual increase of paternity tests since it was founded in 2002.
A clinic worker surnamed Wu said 30 percent of tested men at the clinic had not fathered their child, and that the real proportion could be higher.
"Actually, some couples coming here for the tests are not married in real life. The 'husband' that confirmed a biological father of the child is indeed the woman's lover."
Beijing Chaoyang Hospital's paternity test center also reported a sharp increase in paternity tests.
When it was founded in 2000, the clinic conducted a dozen tests. Last year, more than 600 paternity tests were carried out, said Xiao Bai, who is in charge of the center.
Wu said paternity tests were on the rise as more suspicious Beijing husbands are checking on their wives' fidelity.
He said the center conducted more than 3,000 paternity tests last year, 20 percent higher than last year.