Prevalence of Urinary Tract Infection among Female Commercial Sex Workers in Boulevard Trading, Davao City

Avee Joy B Dayaganon, Siv Milliscent E Balbas, Rigil-Kent Joseph F Batistil, Keziah Amor D Salcedo, Jett Hastle J Solitana

Abstract


The risk of urinary tract infections (UTI) is increased among female commercial sex workers. This is because the female external reproductive anatomy makes women more prone to UTI during sexual intercourse. During sexual activity, bacteria in the vaginal area are sometimes massaged into the urethra. Hence, this study aimed to find out the prevalence of UTI among female commercial sex workers. Samples of vaginal swabs from 20 subjects were subjected to different tests such as chemical examination (Dipstick Method), microscopic examination, culture techniques and biochemical tests in order to assess the given sample’s clinical significance to the study. Results of the tests showed that out of 20 samples, 16 tested positive for UTI while only four tested negative. The most common microorganisms present in the urine samples were Trichomonas vaginalis, Staphylococus aureus, Staphylococcus saprophyticus and Escherichia coli. Based on the data, the prevalence rate of UTI among the examined female commercial sex workers is 80%, thus there is a high prevalence of UTI among these group people.

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