A new study shows how to fake the results of a fake health-related test.
Researchers found that when the results were fabricated, the fake results tended to be associated with poorer health outcomes.
“People are very skeptical of these false-positive results, but the researchers found that they were not that important,” study co-author Dr. Richard L. Shuster, an assistant professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, told National Review.
“It’s very similar to when you have a fake test and you’re told that it works, and you think, ‘Oh, that’s great,’ but you’re wrong.”
The study’s findings, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, suggest that if you’re worried about fake results, there are a few things you can do to prevent them.
For starters, the researchers suggested that the test you are using should be one that can detect the presence of the virus or bacteria that cause pregnancy-related illness, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, or syphilis.
“We found that the more people were using a noninvasive prenatal testing device, the higher the proportion of positive results,” Shuster said.
“The more people are using a test that can distinguish the presence or absence of pregnancy-associated illness, the better the results will be.”
He also suggested that you take precautions to prevent yourself from getting infected with the infection that’s causing the fake pregnancy results.
If you’re concerned about false positives, you can prevent infection by wearing gloves and using a mask when handling a baby.