December 11, 2006 -- The United Nations' AIDS prevention agency has called for a full investigation into a fire that swept a Moscow drug and alcohol rehabilitation center on December 9.
UNAIDS says many of the 45 women who died in the blaze were HIV-positive. The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's top fire official says he is "90 percent" certain the blaze was deliberately started.
An HIV-positive Ukrainian woman and her daughter (epa)
FACES OF THE EPIDEMIC: HIV-infection rates continue to soar in many parts of RFE/RL's broadcast region, from Ukraine and Russia to Central Asia. RFE/RL frequently reports on the problems associated with the pandemic and efforts to combat them.