AIDS Death Rate in U.S. Continues to Decline, CDC Reports
The number of Americans who died from AIDS-related illnesses decreased by 4% in 1999, according to a CDC annual report released yesterday. The decline follows an overall 70% drop in AIDS-related deaths over the previous three years -- 26% in 1996, 48% in 1997 and 21% in 1998. While HIV infection "is no longer ranked among the leading causes of death in the United States," it still ranks fifth among 24- to 44-year-olds, first among black men in the same age group and third among black women in this age group (CDC release, 6/26). "Although HIV as a cause of death has dropped in rank in recent years, we must guard against complacency and continue to emphasize prevention," CDC Director Jeffrey Koplan said (Connolly, Washington Post, 6/27). To view the full report, which contains data for several leading causes of death, click here. Please note that this link is available only to readers of the report's Web version.This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.