President-elect Donald Trump proclaimed he was a germaphobe Wednesdayto deflect unverified accusations that he hired sexuality workers to perform a golden rain prove, in which urination is part of a sex act.

Trump probably entailed hisgermaphobe defense as a little joke in light of the uncorroborated dossier, published Tuesday by Buzzfeed .Italleges Russian intelligence officials have compromising personal information on Trump, including the event described above.

Numerous social media users immediately started complaining that this alibi doesnt hold water, quoting an oft-repeated assert that urine is sterile.

But regardless of what you think about the report on Trump, heres one thing wed like to clear up: Urine are not to be sterile .

The popular myth reportedly has roots in 1950s research on urinary tract infections, and even then, scientists merely believed that urine was sterile if it came from people without UTIs, according to Science News .

A 2014 analyze, however, suggests that all urine has some level of bacteria. Researchers from Loyola University found that urine taken directly from the bladders of healthy females contained bacteria, including types that are not picked up by traditional UTI tests.

While traditional urine cultures have been the gold standard to identify urine disorders in the past, they do not see most bacteria and have limited utility as a result, result study author Alan Wolfe said in a statement when the study came out.

Of course, mysophobia the technical word for the fear of germs relies onfeelings of uncleanliness, real or imagined. Medical realities dont play a large role in allaying phobias. But we still think its worth recognise the truth about urines supposed sterility you never know when it might come up.

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