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AIDS No. 1 killer of young men in 5 states

AIDS and related infections have surpassed accidents, cancer and heart disease as the leading killer of young adults in an increasing number of cities and states, including Florida, federal researchers report.

In an analysis of 1990 mortality data, they found that AIDS and illnesses related to HIV, the virus that causes it, were the No. 1 killer of men ages 25-44 in five states and 64 cities. In St. Petersburg and Tampa, the percentage of such AIDS-related deaths were 21 and 30, respectively.

Among young women, AIDS and related illnesses were the top killer in nine cities, according to the report in today's Journal of the American Medical Association.

AIDS and related infections were the main killer of young men in Florida, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.