The main reason to wear clean, sterile gloves when cathing is to prevent CAUTI.
The key with preventing CAUTI, first and foremost, is to ensure an optimal antiseptic environment to prevent to transfer of bacteria that can cause the infections.
Proper hand washing (at least 30 seconds of thorough scrubbing under warm/hot water with an antiseptic soap) and wearing gloves are going to be the best preventative measure you can take against getting CAUTI. This goes for both health care practitioners and individuals who self-cath.
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