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For many people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA), coping with a lifelong and life-threatening illness is complicated by the roles and responsibilities of parenting (Antle, Wells, Goldie, DeMatteo, & King, 2001). The demands of child rearing, taken together with experiences of stigmatization, injustice, and uncertainty about one's own future, underscore the need for professionals to better understand the circumstances of HIV-positive parents and to develop constructive means of support. Interviewing English- and Spanish-speaking HIV-positive women, Aranda-Naranjo, Portillo, Schietinger, and Norgan (2002) found that caring for self was often secondary to caring for family. Respondents valued creating an atmosphere of normalcy for their children despite their own illness, spent considerable time on children's needs, and identified them as their primary reason for living. Fullilove and colleagues (2002) identified challenges faced by women of color in obtaining culturally sensitive services, reporting that ancillary services (transportation, child care, and mental health and substance abuse treatment) may be especially difficult to obtain. Such women may find themselves disadvantaged when competing for service funding and may be least likely to effectively advocate for their own financial, political, or social needs.