Welcome to Opt-in for Life

Welcome to OPT-IN For Life HIV/AIDS Specialized Care Services. This is a one-stop shop for information, education and comprehensive services. We are hoping to create a sense of community for those infected with HIV/AIDS and provide the tools necessary to establish that community. Also, we are here to provide you with up-to-date information and support in the area of HIV treatment and prevention. Feel free to check out our Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for our latest updates.

  • A Reminder of How Powerful Depression Can Be

    Robin Williams’s suicide serves as yet another reminder of how powerful depression can be. It can trick even a successful person who seemed to have everything in the world into believing they would be better off dead. Over the past few days there has been lots of talk about the number of suicides in the United States and how many of those who choose to end their life were battling depression, but with depression death is not always as sudden as a suicide.

    Every once in a while we lose a …

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  • Consider the Benefits and Risk

    As an individual, mental health professional, parent, and grandparent it is quite a challenge addressing the question of Legalized Marijuana / Medical Marijuana. I hope to be objective by discussing the topic through known benefits and risk. To this point, it seems much has been based upon personal testimonies and opinion rather than firm research study.

    THC ( tetrahydrocannabinol ) is one of 60+ compounds found in marijuana but, is the primary active ingredient producing psychoactive effects. …

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  • HIV gives you a lot to be angry about

    The recent crash of Malaysian Airlines flight 17 in Ukraine has hit the HIV community especially hard. Among the 298 on the flight were six HIV activists including Dr. Joep Lange who was involved in development of early HIV drugs and worked with drug companies to improve access to them. I am saddened by their loss along with that of the other passengers and crew on flight MH17, but I am also angered by its senselessness. The plane was shot down due to a conflict where both sides have become so …

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The Hershey Medical Center is the largest provider of comprehensive HIV services in South Central Pennsylvania. We see patients at seven satellite offices in the region, five for adults, two for children, which allows us to provide specialized care services to those living in areas where those services otherwise do not exist. Services include primary healthcare services, comprehensive case management, women’s health services, medical specialty services, adherence counseling, substance abuse/dependence counseling and prevention with positives counseling.