By Age: 20s


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Generally, the times of young adulthood are times of good health. These are also times of vigor and activity which bring some risks of health concerns such as STDs and various types of injuries and accidents.

Sexual conditions: Young adulthood is a time of sexual energy. Unfortunately, sexuality also brings with it various medical concerns of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV, genital herpes, chlamydia, PID, and various others. Two-thirds of people affected by STDs are under 25.

Reproductive conditions: This may also be the time of starting a new family with issues of pregnancy and sometimes infertility.

Common conditions: Although they reduce somewhat in the 20's, infectious conditions are still common such as the usual suspects such as cold, flu, mono, CMV, infectious diarrhea, and various others. This active time of life also has relatively high rates of accidents and injuries. It is also a peak time for homicide and suicide.

Other conditions: Young adulthood is also a peak time for various uncommon autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and lupus. Various other conditions that may affect young adults include migraine, schizophrenia, interstitial cystitis, and narcolepsy. Behavioral conditions such as anxiety disorders, panic disorder, phobias, or OCD may also appear in young adulthood. All of the serious chronic conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes are less common at this age.

Death rate: The overall rate of death in the 20's is only about 1 in 1,000 each year. In more detail, for ages 20-24 the death rate is 0.093% (1 in 1,075) and for 25-34 years 0.108% (1 in 925).

Top Ten Causes of Death: The main causes of death at this age are not diseases, but accidents, homicide, and suicide. For ages 20-24 years, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were:

Even into the 30's, the top causes of death remain accidents, suicide, and homicide. For ages 25-34 years, the top ten causes of death in USA 1999 were:


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