HIV As A Leading Cause of Death, by Age

"Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease was not among the 15 leading causes of death in 2009. The age-adjusted death rate for HIV disease declined 9.1% from 2008 to 2009 (Table 16). Historically, HIV disease mortality reached its highest level in 1995 after a period of increase from 1987 through 1994. Subsequently, the rate for this disease decreased an average of 33.0% per year from 1995 through 1998, and 6.3% per year from 1999 through 2009 (23). For all races combined in the age group 15–24, HIV disease was the 12th leading cause of death in 2009—dropping from the 11th leading cause in 2008. HIV disease remained the 6th leading cause of death for the age group 25–44. Among decedents aged 45–64, HIV disease dropped from the 12th leading cause in 2008 to the 13th leading cause in 2009."


Kenneth D. Kochanek, M.A.; Jiaquan Xu, M.D.; Sherry L. Murphy, B.S.; Arialdi M. Minino, M.P.H.; and Hsiang-Ching Kung, Ph.D., "Deaths: Final Data for 2009," Division of Vital Statistics (Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control), Vol. 60, Number 3, Dec. 29, 2011, p. 9.