Data Source: CDC Wonder
Although Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease has not been among the 15 leading causes of death since 1997, it is still considered a major public health problem for some age groups. Historically, for all ages combined, 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 2014. In 2014, HIV disease remained among the 15 leading causes of death for age groups 15–24 (13th), 25–34 (8th), 35–44 (9th), 45–54 (11th), and 55–64 (14th). Among these age groups, the ranking of HIV disease changed between 2013 and 2014 only for those aged 45–54, dropping from 10th leading cause in 2013 to 11th leading cause in 2014.