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Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Outsmarting HIV: A Survivor's Perspective

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.

In this 19-minute video, Nelson reviews foods that he uses and buys at the grocery store to stay healthy.

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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.

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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.

A shift in paradigm occurred when the research world accepted the fact that the "Berlin Patient" was cured of HIV. This shift has also fueled a resurgence of activism that very few people living with HIV are aware of.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 But it never crossed my mind that she was struggling with a health issue.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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; 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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Interviews and Articles Featuring Nelson:

HIV Nutrition (and Proper Pooping) With Nelson Vergel, Food Detective: A Video Blog (January 4, 2011)

Hitting the Gym With HIV Fitness Stud Nelson Vergel: A Video Blog (January 24, 2011)

Second Bioplasty Congress in Mexico: PMMA for Facial and Buttock Lipoatrophy (December 9, 2010)

Updates From the 1st International Workshop on HIV & Aging (October 21, 2010)

This Month in HIV: 2009 Update on Body Shape Changes and HIV/AIDS (April 2009)

Nelson From Houston: Activist Since 1986 (May 2007)

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