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Incidence of bla genes among uropathogenic Escherichia coli isolates from HIV and non-HIV patients in South India


Group 3a/b cephalosporins are currently being used in the treatment of UTI and urosepsis. However, Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase (ESBL) mediated resistance has been increasingly reported among uropathogens from HIV patients. We sought to determine the incidence of ESBL genes- bla CTX -M, bla TEM and bla SHV among E. coli isolates from HIV (with increased exposure to cephalosporins) and non-HIV antenatal patients.


PCR detection of bla CTX-M , bla TEM and bla SHV were carried out among ESBL producing urinary E. coli isolates from HIV (n=57) and non-HIV antenatal patients (n=22). Fisher’s exact test was employed to analyze the statistical significance of the results.


Overall, 31.7%, 59.5% of the E. coli isolates carried bla TEM , bla CTX-M respectively, while none harboured blaSHV. When stratified based on host group, significant difference was observed in the incidence of bla CTX-M among the isolates from HIV and non-HIV patients (70.2% vs 31.8% respectively, p = 0.0024; OR 5.042; 95% CI = 1.7441-14.5759). Nonetheless, difference in prevalence of bla TEM among the HIV and non-HIV isolates was not statistically significant (29.8% vs 36.4%, p = 0.5979). Co-occurrence of bla TEM and bla CTX-M was detected among 22.8%, 0% of the E. coli isolates from HIV and non-HIV patients respectively (OR 5.1447; 95% CI = 1.3766-19.2273).


Our results augment the fact that frequent exposure to cephalosporins serves as the driving selection force leading to increased incidence of ESBL (bla CTX-M ) mediated resistance among the E. coli isolates from HIV patients. Hence, the risk associated with antimicrobial exposure needs to be considered in therapeutic decision making.

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Correspondence to Kesavaram Padmavathy.

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  • Cephalosporin
  • Extended Spectrum
  • Host Group
  • Selection Force
  • Coli Isolate