AIDS is now the No. 1 killer of Americans 25 to 44 years old, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said last week.
In 1993, about 35 of every 100,000 young adults died from AIDS. The same year, about 32 per 100,000 died from accidents, followed by cancer, heart disease, suicide and murder, the CDC said.
The latest statistics also show the disease is becoming a significant problem in smaller cities. While AIDS' impact in New York, Miami and Atlanta has accounted for between one-third and two-thirds of deaths of young men, it is the leading killer of young adults in 79 U.S. cities, including Springfield, Ill.; Tulsa, Okla.; and Raleigh, N.C.