keywords: Candidiasis, Candida albicans, HVS, CLSI, RapID yeast plus system
The rising trend of fungal urinary tract infection (FUTIs) is of great concern. Five hundred students were recruited into this study to a certain the prevalence of fungi associated with urinary tract infections among students. Each student recruited into the research completed a questionnaire that explores information on their age, hostel block, risk and predisposing factors. Urine samples collected from the students were analyzed in the laboratory according to the clinical laboratory standards. RapID yeast system (identification kits) was used for confirmation of isolates, which inferred the presence of Candida albicans 310 (68.9%) and Candida glabrata 140 (31.1%) in the urine samples of the students. From the overall prevalence result 45 (90%) positive. Persons aged 22-26 had the highest prevalence (55.6%) while the age range of 27-31 (13.3%) and above had the least prevalence. the use of antibiotics, sexual activities and wearing tight fitted nylon and cotton under wears were significant at 99% P<0.001 and identified as risk factors for fungi associated with urinary tract infections. This study reveals high prevalence of fungi associated with urinary tract infection among students in Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University, Makurdi.