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April 1994

Update: Mortality Attributable to HIV Infection Among Persons Aged 25-44 Years— United States, 1991 and 1992

Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(4):425-426. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690040027003

DURING the 1980s, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection emerged as a leading cause of death in the United States.1 In 1992, HIV infection became the number one cause of death among men aged 25-44 years. This report updates national trends in deaths caused by HIV infection for 1991 and 1992.

Data are from the National Vital Statistics System and were obtained from death certificates filed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Cause of death was reported by attending physicians, medical examiners, and coroners; demographic characteristics were recorded by funeral directors. Data for 1992 are provisional estimates based on a 10% sample of death certificates2; 1991 is the latest year for which final mortality data are available.3

In 1992, an estimated 33 590 U.S. residents died from HIV infection; of these, 2% were aged ≤25 years; 73%, 25-44 years; and 25%, ≥45 years. During 1992,

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