Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.
Outsmarting HIV: A Survivor's Perspective
HIV Cure Research and Advocacy: What Is the Community's Role? (Videos)
June 6, 2013
Research activists and investigators from around the world met in Atlanta on March 2, before the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), to review the current status of HIV cure research and the role of the community in accelerating and facilitating progress in this important field.
Making Sense of Supplements
December 18, 2012
The world of nutritional supplements is a confusing one, with thousands of claims that are not supported with clinical studies, or are based on research done in rats. There is no FDA oversight of these claims, and quality control audits of this industry are infrequent. However, the FDA is known for sending warnings about supplements that have been reported to cause health concerns, or with unapproved ingredients found in random testing.
Nelson Vergel's Time-Saving Tips to Maximize the Benefits of Exercise
October 30, 2012
As a nutrition and exercise expert, in this video I share what I've learned in the past 27 years of exercising to combat HIV-related body changes, fatigue and mental outlook with great exercise tips that will save everyone time and costly mistakes.
Nelson Vergel's Tips on Healthy Eating
October 16, 2012
Picking the right foods to eat can be confusing with so much contradictory and misleading information out there.
Empezando Tu Camino Como VIH Positivo
10 de agosto de 2012
El descubrir que uno es VIH + es una experiencia abrumadora y atemorizante. A menos que uno conozca a personas VIH + que podrían ayudarle a navegar los pasos a seguir para obtener el control del VIH, la búsqueda de información en el Internet y grupos de apoyo puede ser una experiencia llena de confusión. Y la mayoría de clínicas de atención primaria de pacientes VIH+ están tan agobiadas con tantos pacientes que tienen tiempo limitado para educar a alguien acerca de cómo mantenerse saludable con el VIH.
What You Need to Know About HIV Cure Activism
August 8, 2012
Much like it happened during the 1980s and '90s, a new kind of activism is emerging in the fight against HIV. As newer HIV antiretrovirals have helped many regain their health, several activists are not relaxing about their work.
Starting Your Journey With HIV
July 31, 2012
Finding out that one is HIV positive is an overwhelming and scary experience. Unless you know empowered HIV-positive people who can help you navigate the next steps to gain control of HIV, searching for information on the Internet and at support groups can be a daunting experience. And most HIV primary care clinics are so burdened that they have limited time to educate someone about how to stay healthy with HIV.
Ten News Items That Have Made Me Happy During the Past Month
May 31, 2012
These past several weeks have been great on many fronts. While taking a shower this morning, I counted a few of the great pieces of news that have come our way amidst all the negative news that the media dwells on to increase ratings.
Nelson's Tips for Finding Your Valentine
February 7, 2012
Being HIV positive complicates the dating game. Disclosing your status can be stressful since there is always a good possibility that you can get rejected. I think taking medications daily is not as big of an issue as is dating while being HIV positive. That is what I tell HIV-negative young people who think that HIV is a chronic manageable disease and do not see what the big deal is about wearing condoms. I tell them that taking pills is the easiest thing, but dating can be terribly complicated and stressful after you find out you are HIV positive.
January 25, 2012
I know I should have written this before. But I was dealing with my mixed emotions about Bonnie's death and wanted to let them settle first. When I found out she had died, my heart sank. But it did not sink like it had in the past when most of my friends died of AIDS after a long battle for which I was present. This time it was different. Here is a woman that I thought I knew well and that I was kind of pissed at for the last year or so. She had not returned my calls or emails wanting to chat like we used to when she used to be with TheBody.com. But it never crossed my mind that she was struggling with a health issue.
Outsmarting HIV: A Survivor's Perspective
Nelson Vergel is a chemical engineer who has become a leading advocate for sports nutrition, supplementation and the promotion of wellness in the HIV-positive community since his positive diagnosis in 1986. He is also the author of "Testosterone: A Man's Guide" and co-author of the book "Built to Survive"; the founder of the nonprofit organizations Body Positive Wellness Clinic and Program for Wellness Restoration; the Nutrition and Exercise forum expert at TheBody.com; and a bilingual speaker on lipodystrophy, wasting, exercise, nutrition, testosterone replacement, metabolic disorders, HIV medication side effect management and HIV salvage therapy. Nelson also moderates PozHealth, one of the largest HIV health discussion listservs online.
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June 6, 2013 - HIV Cure Research and Advocacy: What Is the Community's Role? (Videos) -- A Blog Entry by Nelson Vergel
December 18, 2012 - Making Sense of Supplements (Video): A Blog Entry by Nelson Vergel
October 30, 2012 - Nelson Vergel's Time-Saving Tips to Maximize the Benefits of Exercise (Video)
October 16, 2012 - Nelson Vergel's Tips on Healthy Eating (Video)
10 de agosto de 2012 - Empezando Tu Camino Como VIH Positivo
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