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Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.
Outsmarting HIV: A Survivor's Perspective

Everything You Need to Know About Anal Cancer Prevention and Treatment (Video)
January 8, 2016

In the United States, the rate for anal cancer in the general population is 1 case per 100,000 people; among HIV-negative men who have sex with men the rate increases to 35 cases per 100,000 people.

For HIV-positive gay and bisexual men, the rate is estimated to be between 75 to 115 cases per 100,000 people. It seems to affect those of us who have lived longer with HIV, have had detectable HIV viral load for a few years, have had anal warts (debatable) and/or had lower CD4 cells in our HIV infection.

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Beyond the Berlin Patient: How Researchers Are Now Trying to Cure More HIV-Positive People (Video)
January 5, 2016

We are constantly reading headlines about the latest HIV cure. After years of being exposed to these inflamed news reports, we may get desensitized to the fact that there is actually progress being made in that field. Ever since Timothy Brown was proven to be cured, the search for a cure for HIV that is accessible worldwide has intensified. There is more funding now as different research groups compete to get there first. But we have had set backs that have taught us important lessons.

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Two New HIV Studies Give Access to Research Medications to People With Multi-Drug Resistance
September 10, 2015

No one can deny that many patients can now suppress their HIV with effective antiretrovirals (ARVs) that cause fewer side effects. However, a vulnerable and often forgotten minority of people are still struggling with multi-drug resistant HIV (MDR-HIV) while they anxiously wait for access to lifesaving ARVs that would finally control their viral replication. Although some of these patients may have developed resistant HIV due to lack of adherence or other issues, many of them have been strictly following their doctors' orders for years.

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Nelson Vergel Asks for Your Help to Save HIV+ Venezuelans' Lives
May 22, 2014

"Nelson, I have read your expert column in Spanish at I am desperate since we are running out of HIV medications in Venezuela. Can you help us?" This was the first email I received 4 months ago before many others starting arriving in my mailbox.

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Can Bugs Increase CD4 Cells?
July 3, 2013


Hello, some studies show that probiotic yogurt can increase CD4 counts, but others show risks to those with compromised immune systems taking probiotics. What are your thoughts? I have been on HIV therapy for nearly 3 years and have not yet achieved a consistent CD4 count over 200. My % is 14. I started very low, under 20. Do you know of any progress on immune therapies to raise the counts? I have been following Cytheris and IL-7 therapy but the trials are taking a very long time. Thanks for your help.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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