Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.
Outsmarting HIV: A Survivor's Perspective
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.
Video: What Can We Do Now to Speed Up HIV Cure Research?
September 23, 2011
After attending a meeting sponsored by several organizations (TAG, amfAR, Project Inform, the AIDS Policy Project) in Baltimore on April 20-21 this year, I came to the realization that we needed a video that would wake people up to the challenges ahead of us to get to a cure for HIV that is accessible and practical.
Timothy Brown: The Other Side of the Cure
July 15, 2011
By now, we have all read several stories about Timothy Brown and watched his interviews on TV. For the few who have been living in a cocoon in the last few weeks and have not watched the news, I remind them that Tim, once known as the "Berlin patient," is the man who was cured of HIV through a long and risky procedure of chemotherapy, radiation and a CCR5-negative stem cell transplant.
Nelson's Top 10 Tricks for Fat Loss
June 28, 2011
Get real. Ask yourself: What is getting in the way of my health? What excuses am I using to not start giving a damn? There is no perfect time to start. Do it now, even if it means one change per week in your lifestyle choices. You deserve to feel and look the best you can!
AIDS Activist Allen Huff Dies of an HIV Drug Side Effect
June 13, 2011
My friend, Allen Huff, died on Friday. He battled portal hypertension caused by Videx (DDI) and was not a candidate for surgery to repair the damage caused by that drug (read the FDA report that mentions the label change for the drug just last year: FDA report on the side effect and label change for DDI )
Will You Be a Hero for the Cure?
May 10, 2011
I recently returned from a wonderful meeting in Baltimore sponsored by Project Inform, Treatment Action Group (TAG), the AIDS Policy Project and amfAR that gathered top researchers in immune-based approaches that may lead to a cure for HIV. It was certainly an eye-opener for me to foresee the emerging challenges in this important research. One of these challenges will be how future studies will be enrolled.
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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