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

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.

Categories Covered:HIV Treatment and Medical Care, Gastrointestinal (Gut) Issues and HIV, People Over 50, Nutrition and Fitness, HIV Drugs In Development, Managing HIV Drug Resistance, TheBody en Español, Body Fat, Lipodystrophy and HIV, Living Well With HIV, Curing HIV, HIV Testing, HIV Advocacy and Activism, Newly Diagnosed, HIV Risks and Symptoms, Hormone-Related Issues and HIV, HIV Prevention for People With HIV, Gay Men, Cancer and HIV, Regional/Global Anti-HIV Efforts, Tools and Tips for HIV Advocacy, Latinx People, Physical Health Issues, Starting HIV Treatment and Medical Care, Non-HIV Sexually Transmitted Infections, Finding HIV Support Groups and Services, Anemia, Fatigue, and HIV, HIV-Related Policy Issues, Relationships and Sex, HIV Advocates in the Spotlight, Videx (Didanosine, ddI), Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests

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

I'm on Triumeq looking for extra natural weight loss product

My name is Robert. I am currently on Triumeq and noticed weight gain. I am currently working out as a beginner level. However, what sage natural product may I consider taking and asking my doctor about? I am thinking green tea extract. Any thoughts? ...

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

SSA disability update report

I just got disability update report from social security administration for first time since Im digonceed with hiv and aids since 2005 Since that time Im getting ssid and Medicare My question is why ssa asking now And am I losing my medical and Medic...

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


Dear Sir, Hope this E-mail find you well.Wanted to find out at what stage of it trial is PRO-140.When will it be available to patients.Does it have side effects as experienced by other class of HIV medication.Will it cause harm to kidney or liver or ...

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

Please Help Lark Lands, an Old Friend of the HIV Community, Now Battling Cancer: A Blog Entry by Nelson Vergel

Neslon Vergel asks you to join him in helping a long-term friend of the HIV community beat her cancer with a GoFundMe donation.

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

How to find an HIV specialist

I just recently retired after 40 years in the same profession. I live in Los Angeles and due to the cost of living, I may be moving to another state where I have family and the the cost of living is less. My question is, how can I find a good HIV spe...

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


What's the latest on the injectable that Charlie Sheen is bragging about in Variety?

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

Special Diet

Is There A Special Diet That I Should Follow or Food Or Drinks That I Shouldn't Eat. 1. as an HIV positive person and 2. .that shouldn't be mixed with my meds?

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

vitamins with genvoya

Hello Dr, I will start genvoya soon and i also take multivitamin but i read there could be interaction or something like that. the pill that i take contains most of multivitamins and mineral supplements needed. I'm 40 years old, please advise

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

Can Sermorelin or Magnesium increase/effect viral load

Earlier this year. My viral load was undetectable. My last two visits my viral load has been detectable. the only thing that Ive added in my daily regain is Sermorelin and Magnesium Malate pills. I was on Stribild and switch to Genoveya. Can either o...

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