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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death* Rates for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Disease, by Race and Sex --- United States, 1987--2006

Age-Adjusted Death* Rates for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Disease, by Race and Sex  United States, 19872006

* Per 100,000 U.S. standard population.

Data for 2006 are preliminary.

§ In 1987, a new category for HIV infection was added to the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9). In 1999, ICD-10 took effect, resulting in additional deaths classified into the HIV/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome category; therefore, death rates for 1987--1998 are not comparable with those computed after 1998.

The age-adjusted death rate for HIV disease declined by 6.7% for black males and 5.6% for white males from 2005 to 2006. The rate did not change for black females, but the low rate for white females further declined by 12.5% to 0.7 per 100,000 in 2006. After a period of steady increase from 1987 to 1995, HIV disease mortality peaked for white males in 1994, for white females in 1995, and for black males and females in 1995. Subsequently, the death rate for HIV disease decreased an average of 30.5% per year for the white population and 26.3% for the black population through 1998, with smaller decreases noted through 2006.

SOURCE: Heron MP, Hoyert DL, Xu JQ, Scott C, Tejada-Vera B. Deaths: preliminary data for 2006. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2008;56(16). Available at and

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Date last reviewed: 7/30/2008


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