Is tinea versicolor an early sign of HIV infection? I get conflicting answers here.

Not by itself. Tinea versicolor by itself is not an indication of an impaired immune system. Markers for aids are infections like widespread candidiasis, coccidiomycosis, toxoplasmosis, tb, and others. If you are concerned, please see your primary care provider and get tested for hiv. That is the only certain way of knowing if you are infected.
Possibly. Cutaneous fungal infections may be an early sign of HIV infection. However, the overwhelming percentage of time, tinea versicolor occurs with an underlying condition.

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Hello docs. I was wondering can tinea versicolor come durimg an acute HIV infection?

Yes, but... Acute HIV can be asymptomatic or the worst 'flu you ever had, or anything in between. If tinea versicolor flares and you have no other symptoms or signs of acute HIV infection, don't give it another thought. It's extremely common. If you did do something risky, and you're obsessing about this, get with your physician for a nucleic acid blood test. Good luck. Read more...

Have to have HIV to have a fungal skin infection such as tinea versicolor?

Absolutely NOT !!! These are extremely common problems in the general population and one need not be immunosuppressed in any form. Read more...
No. Tinea versicolor is a failry common skin infection with a fungus called malassezia furfur. A person does not need to have HIV infection in order to have a case of tinea versicolor. This can be treated by oral or topical antifungals depending on the extent of the infection. Read more...