A total of 32 patients with HIV infection were examined for cutaneous manifestations from September 1994 to December 1995 in the Dermatology and Venereology Department of Wenlock District Hospital, Mangalore. Xerosis was the commonest skin manifestation (50%). Oropharyngeal candidiasis was an indicator of grave prognosis in 4 patients. Seborrhoeic dermatitis, seen is in 15.6%, presented in an atypical, extensive and rapidly evolving form. Infections were atypical, extensive and did not respond to conventional modalities of treatment.