November 21st, 2014
As a country, the United States is an outlier in many ways, but with its 300 million citizens, provides a good sample selection of the world population. This interactive data visualization, created by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation shows the trends in death among males and females in both the US and Australia.
Of particular note in the above chart, which shows mortality figures for men in the US, is the rise of HIV/AIDS as a killer of men in the 1980s and 90s, reaching peak mortality in 1994 and causing more than 2% of all deaths.
This link allows the user to hone in on particular stratifications of data for more information and clearly isolated statistics.