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April 1995

Update: AIDS Among Women—United States, 1994

Arch Dermatol. 1995;131(4):395-396. doi:10.1001/archderm.1995.01690160021002

IN 1993, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/ acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was the fourth leading cause of death among women aged 25-44 years in the United States1; in addition, the incidence of AIDS is increasing more rapidly among women than men.2 Women with AIDS reported in 1994 represented 13% of the cumulative total of 58,448 cases among women. This report presents characteristics of women and men reported with AIDS in 1994, summarizes trends in cases reported during 1985-1994, and describes findings of an HIV seroprevalence survey among childbearing women during 1989-1993.*

AIDS Surveillance  In 1994, of the 79,674 persons aged greater than or equal to 13 years reported with AIDS, 14,081 (18%) occurred among women—nearly threefold greater than the proportion (534 of 8153) reported in 1985; in addition, the proportion of cases among women has increased steadily since 1985. The median age of women reported with AIDS was 35

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