The effect of gender on the prevalence of asymptomatic bacteriuria
Asymptomatic bacteriuria is the existence of bacteria in a urine sample of a patient with no signs or symptoms. This experiment was done to find out if there is a difference in incidence rates of asymptomatic bacteriuria between males and females. this was done by comparing the growth of bacteria. 24 samples were taken from students at the Libyan international medical university. These samples were taken through a midstream clean catch method of urine collection. Blood Agar, CLED and MacConkey plates were prepared. A flamed wire loop was used to transfer the urine sample into the agar plates. The agar plates were then incubated for 24 hours at 37 degrees Celsius. After the incubation, the growth of bacteria was counted and a CFU (Colony Forming Units) value was calculated for each plate. The experiment showed a significant difference in the incidence rates of asymptomatic bacteriuria between males and females, with females showing 58.3% more cases of significant and non-significant bacterial growth than men.