Table 1

Comparison between sampling procedures for recovery of Candida spp

CharacteristicsDirect impressionSwabbing methodBoth methods*
Men with balanitis + positive candida culture855486
Asymptomatic men + positive candida culture361439
  • Of 189 men with balanitis, a candida-negative culture was found in 102 (54%) using direct impression versus 135 (71.4%) by the swabbing procedure.

  • * Any candida-positive culture using either direct impression or the swab method.