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The incidence of AIDS among Connecticut women is double the national average, a state report on women's health shows.

In Connecticut, 23.9 women per 100,000 are infected with the AIDS virus, compared with 12.2 women per 100,000 nationwide.

Except for AIDS, the general health of women in Connecticut is about the same or slightly better than that of women in other states, the Department of Public Health reported yesterday.

Women in Connecticut have a higher AIDS rate because there are more intravenous drug users than homosexual men in Connecticut's high-risk AIDS population, said Aaron Roome, program co-ordinator for the AIDS Surveillance Unit at the state Health Department.

Connecticut women also have higher rates of chlamydia and diabetes than the national average, the report found.


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