We're not sure whether to be shocked, disturbed or both; you can decide. At-home pregnancy tests are at the heart of a budding black market trade. Craigslist ads offering and requesting positive pregnancy tests are popping up all over the country, from Las Vegas to Chicago, Dallas, and New York City, for approximately $20 a pop.
The demand, according to ads, is fueled by women willing to go to any length to get revenge on an ex, trigger a proposal or "prank" friends and family. Pregnant women are cashing in, offering positive pregnancy tests and even bottles of their urine to facilitate a more realistic effect. Take this ad for example:
"I am pregnant and am willing to take a pregnancy test for you that will be positive. Use it however you like no questions no judgments. I will take test right before you pick up. I will also be willing to bottle my urine if you need to seal the deal that way."
Whether or not foul play is involved, a healthy skepticism of positive pregnancy tests is warranted. "There is an occasional false positive. Guys should be aware of that," says Mary Jane Minkin, MD, a Prevention advisor and clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale University School of Medicine. "But this is bizarre."
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