In this issue of THE Journal, Selik et al1 report that disease attributable to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was the No. 1 cause of death among young men 25 to 44 years of age in 64 US cities in 1990. Nationwide, HIV infection was the second leading cause of death in men aged 25 to 44 years. In Florida, for example, HIV infection was the leading cause of death for young men statewide in 1990, and HIV infection led all other causes of death in the cities of Hialeah, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando, St Petersburg, and Tampa. Nationwide, cities reporting HIV infection as the No. 1 cause of young male deaths were as diverse as Arlington, Va; Baton Rouge, La; Columbia, SC; Indianapolis, Ind; Jackson, Miss; Minneapolis, Minn; Pasadena, Calif; Raleigh, NC; Springfield, Mo; Stamford, Conn; and Syracuse, NY. Among women aged 25
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Vermund SH. Rising HIV-Related Mortality in Young Americans. JAMA. 1993;269(23):3034–3035. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500230116039