May 23, 2009

What is happening to Nandrolone??May 10, 2009hey NelsonI enjoyed your book Built to Survive. It really helped me to realize what nandrolone could do for my […]
May 23, 2009

Dealing with Fatigue- From

    Response from Mr. VergelI feel your pain :)I have dealt with this problem for years. I have good days and not so good days. Let me […]
May 23, 2009

Body Shape Changes Dramatically Impact the Self-Esteem of HIV-Positive People

BBody Shape Changes Dramatically Impact the Self-Esteem of HIV-Positive People An Interview With Nelson Vergel By Bonnie GoldmanApril 15, 2009 Listen to Audio (27 min.) Download […]
May 23, 2009

Nelson Vergel: Going Beyond Survival A leading advocate’s thoughts on getting the most out of lifeby Jeff BerryIn 1986 Nelson Vergel was only 27 years old […]
April 3, 2009


Contact: Lynda Dee: 410-332-1170 Fair Pricing Coalition Press Release FPC NEGOTIATES FOR PATIENT ASSISTANCE AND CO-PAY PROGRAMS Washington, DC, April 1, 2009 – The Fair Pricing […]
April 2, 2009

Update on Body Shape Changes and HIV

This Month in HIV: 2009 Update on Body Shape Changes and HIVA Conversation With Dr. Donald Kotler and Patient Activist Nelson Vergel April 2009 From […]
February 9, 2009

Kaletra, Lexiva and Ziagen increase MIs

The DAD study presented controversial data on increased cardiovascular risks caused by Kaletra, Lexiva and Ziagen
February 9, 2009

Rosoglitazone for lipoatrophy

4 mg a day of rosiglitazone produced a gain of fat under the skin of 900 grams versus 300 grams in placebo in patients not taking […]
February 9, 2009

Gileads booster gs9350

Gilead is developing a booster than can do what Norvir does to boost drug levels. It seems that 150 mg of their booser may be equivalent […]
February 9, 2009

Cancers in hiv

From 99 til 07 infection related cancers like anal have decreased slightly but are still a lot higher in incidence than in HIV hegatives. Liver, oral-throat […]
February 8, 2009

Opportunistic infections

By Dr ChaissonTB has decreased a lot in AfricaTreating poz patients who have TB with HAART and TB treatment (rifampin)at the same time works best to […]
February 8, 2009

Complications and OIs

Richard Chaisson from John Hopkins presented survival and mortality data.There is a direct relation between economic development and mortality. Haiti has the highest mortality rate in […]
February 8, 2009

Vaccine Strategy

Dr richard koup reviewed where we are in vaccines. Vaxgen, the merck vaccine and the canarypox vaccines were not succesfulThree trials were stopped in 2007. The […]
February 8, 2009

HIV infection in the brain

Dr Gonzalez also explained that immune activation may also have a worse effect on the brain than the virus itself. Activated infected monocytes penetrate the blood […]
January 29, 2009

Medicare seeks comments from community and clinicians about facial lipoatrophy reimbursement needs

For everyone who has complained about the lack of insurancereimbursement for facial lipoatrophy treatment, or about the lack ofgood permanent fillers approved for facial lipoatrophy, now […]
January 23, 2009

A New Book on the Medical Use of Anabolic Steroids

A New Book on the Medical Use of Anabolic Steroids Anabolic Steroids – A Question of Muscle: Human Subject Abuses in Anabolic Steroid Research. By Dr […]
December 14, 2008

Happy about my membership in the DHHS HIV Adult and Adolescent Guidelines Panel

Gang I am very happy about having been selected to be a community member to this respected panel. This is my second try in the past […]
December 2, 2008

Should I take Vitamin D if I am taking Viread or Truvada?

Vitamin D and Viread. Should I be concerned?Dec 1, 2008 Dear Nelson: Thanks for what you do for us I just read an email that said […]
December 2, 2008

World AIDS Day: Adverse Impact of Steroid Law and Steroid Hearings on Anabolic Therapies

World AIDS Day: Adverse Impact of Steroid Law and Steroid Hearings on Anabolic TherapiesPosted on 15:42 December 1st, 2008 by Millard Baker In recognition of […]
November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving to All

To all of you in pozhealth: I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who help each other daily on this list. […]
November 24, 2008

Do we know enough about lipodystrophy?

Do we know enough about lipodystrophy?Aug 26, 2008Dear Nelson, I have a quick question that I feel you can best answer for being an hiv survivor […]
November 24, 2008

How Can I Lower Cholesterol Without Drugs?

Lower cholesterol without drugsJun 6, 2008My cholesterol levels have crept above 200 after three years on Reyataz & Epzicom. I’m in good condition with my aerobic […]
November 24, 2008

How do I get my insurance to pay for my facial wasting treatment?

How do I get my insurance to pay for my facial wasting treatment?Jun 28, 2008Hello Nelson- I hope this finds you well. I wanted to check […]
November 24, 2008

Are Creatine Supplements Effective to increase muscle?

Creatine SupplementJul 29, 2008I workout six times a week, take a teaspoon of creatine before each workout with some juice. Is there a problem taking this […]
November 24, 2008

Provigil for Fatigue?

Provigil…what is your opinion?Aug 4, 2008I suffer from severe fatigue and my doctor wants me to try Provigil. What is your opinion? Thanks guru man Response […]
November 24, 2008

What is better? Testosterone Injections or Gels?

What is better? Testosterone Injections or Gels?Nov 6, 2008I am currently on testosterone enanthate, one injection every two weeks. Is there an actual advantage to using […]
November 24, 2008

Feeling bloated everyday What to eat?

Feeling bloated everyday What to eat?Oct 28, 2008I have an ongoing daily problem with bloatedness where I feel my stomach never empties properly ,and I never […]
November 24, 2008

Vitamin Research in HIV- anything exciting now?

Vitamin Research in HIV- anything exciting now?Nov 12, 2008 I have been reading your emails about supplements and HIV and you seem to be concerned that […]
November 24, 2008

Can Gardasil actually remove mild warts?

Question:Can Gardasil actually remove mild warts or is it only for preventinginfection in the first place? I was also wondering if a woman can takeGardasil and […]
November 10, 2008

An Anti-frailty Pill For Seniors? New Drug Increases Muscle Mass In Arms And Legs Of Older Adults

I bet this could compete with Theratecnologies/Serono’s Tesamorelin eventually. But Merck is smart going after baby aging boomers An Anti-frailty Pill For Seniors? New Drug Increases […]
November 9, 2008

A Cure for AIDS available now?

______________________________________________ The ‘Cure’ was NOT So Easy attached is pdf of abstract from CROI 2008 conference. You may have read a few days ago the story […]
November 9, 2008

Find out how much you can save on Medicare Part D

Everyone on Medicare Part D should check this out I want to remind people that you can change providers starting Nov 15 until Dec 31 Go […]
November 1, 2008

Wellness Slide Show- N Vergel Seminar

From Movies
November 1, 2008

Doctors who work in lipodystrophy, and surveys from patients

November 1, 2008

Facial Wasting Options and Patient Assistance- Click on Picture to Enlarge

November 1, 2008

Belly Fat Reduction Options- Click on Picture to Enlarge

November 1, 2008

Comparative Analysis of HIV+ and HIV- Interaction with Testosterone on Bone Mineral Density

Thanks to Jules Levin for providing this paper Comparative Analysis of HIV+ and HIV- Interaction with Testosterone on Bone Mineral Density Reported by Jules Levin ICAAC/IDSA […]
October 22, 2008


LA LIPODISTROFIA Y EL VIH¿DÓNDE ESTAMOS LUEGO DE DIEZ AÑOS?Por Nelson Vergel, Director del Program for Wellness Restoration, La primera vez que apareció un informe acerca […]
October 21, 2008

Anabolic Steroid Induced Hypogonadism

I am helping Dr Scally publish his book about how to get off anabolic steroids safely. Hopefully this information will help some HIV patients who have […]
October 21, 2008

OFF TOPIC; Wall Street’s ‘Disaster Capitalism for Dummies’

Yes, we’re dummies. You. Me. All 300 million of us. Clueless. We should be ashamed. We’re obsessed about the slogans and rituals of “democracy,” distracted by […]
October 7, 2008

What does HIV lipodystrophy look like?

October 7, 2008

Patient Survey on Lipodystrophy

October 7, 2008

Patient Survey on Lipodystrophy

October 7, 2008

HIV drug usage in the past ten years

October 7, 2008

Updated Facial Wasting Options Table

October 7, 2008

HIV Lipodystrophy has decreased in the past 4 years

August 25, 2008

Tenofovir Dosing for patients with kidney dysfunction

I have seen some confusion about Tenofovir (Viread, which is in Truvada and Atripla) dosing in those with kidney problems in my pozhealth at list, […]
August 6, 2008

37.5 percent of US patients skip AIDS/HIV treatment due to side effects.

FROM: A new study released at the 17th International AIDS Conference in Mexico City on Monday detailed the disconcerting fact that 37.5 percent of US […]
August 2, 2008

S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine (SAMe) for Treatment of Depression, Osteoarthritis, and Liver Disease

I am convinced this supplement works for depression and fatigue. I have taken 400 mg twice a day and can definitely feel a difference the first […]
July 28, 2008

Is Exercise Important for People with HIV?

We need more programs around the Unites States and the world that provide supervised exercise programs for people with HIV! Association between Exercise and HIV Disease […]
July 10, 2008

The Coming Crisis in HIV Drug Development

Excellent article by Paul Dalton Project Inform The Coming Crisis in HIV Drug DevelopmentBy Paul Dalton June 16, 2008 The last few years have seen tremendous […]
July 7, 2008

My Column at is one of the most visited web sites in the world of HIV. It has many experts that answer health questions for free. I am […]
July 2, 2008

Mortality Down 94% in HIV Among Diagnosed

NATAP Changes in the Risk of Death After HIV Seroconversion Compared With Mortality in the General PopulationKrishnan Bhaskaran, MSc; Osamah Hamouda, MD; Mette Sannes, MLabTech;Faroudy […]
June 27, 2008

The First AIDS Treatment

Dear Marty I am glad to see people honoring who you are and what you have done for us in the HIV community. As you know […]
June 27, 2008

U.S. Should Lift HIV/AIDS-Related Travel Restrictions

U.S. Should Lift HIV/AIDS-Related Travel Restrictions, Opinion Piece Says[Jun 25, 2008] Since 2003, the U.S. through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief has “extended a […]
June 14, 2008

Michael Mooney Speaks About Steroids in Deleted Scene from Bigger Stronger Faster

You can watch the video here: Michael Mooney Speaks About Steroids in Deleted Scene from Bigger Stronger FasterPosted on 02:26 June 14th, 2008 by Millard […]
June 2, 2008

Taking Care of Men

Taking Care of MenNoted physician and author Frank Spinelli, who speaks in Houston this month, has plenty to say on gay men’s health. By Nelson Vergel […]
June 1, 2008

Bigger, Stronger, Better

From Al Benson Last night, my partner and I went to the film Bigger, Stronger, Better. The story of steroid use in America as refracted off […]
May 15, 2008

Buttock Wasting Options

I just wanted to let everyone know that a revised buttock wasting page is up at This is the only page out there that focuses […]
May 14, 2008

Facial Wasting Reconstruction Options- Summary Table

May 2, 2008

SHOULD EVERYONE TAKING STATINS BE TAKING ANTIOXIDANTS? If I was on statins, I would take extra Coenzyme Q 10 ( statins lower it : ) […]
April 13, 2008

Is the Answer to HIV-Associated Diarrhea Found in South America’s Rain Forest?By Nelson Vergel, BsChE, MBA As more and more shamans (traditional healers) in the Amazonian […]
April 12, 2008

Can Facial/Buttock Wasting Reconstruction Costs be Deducted from US Income Taxes?Someone was nice enough to do some research on this topic for me (from my list […]
April 10, 2008

April 10, 2008

April 10, 2008

Living Positively With HIV Lecture in Detroit , Michigan Sponsored by the Midwest AIDS Prevention Pro ject (MAPP) Practical Health Tips from a Long Term Survivor […]
April 10, 2008

Committed to Living Continuing Education Series Nelson Vergel’s Lecture in Chicago Nationally known Treatment advocate,AUTHOR, Fitness&Nutrition guru Wednesday May 7 , 2008 7-9pm Location to be […]
April 8, 2008

PoWeR Releases Groundbreaking Lipodystrophy Resources for HIV-Positive People CONTACT: Nelson Vergel, Director 713-539-1978 Houston, April 8, 2008- Program for Wellness Restoration, PoWeR, released the results […]
March 31, 2008

FDA Probes Heart Risk From 2 HIV Drugs

FDA Probes Heart Risk From 2 HIV Drugs FDA Reviewing Heart Attack Data in HIV Patients Taking Ziagen and Videx By Miranda Hitti WebMD Medical News […]
March 25, 2008

HIV Cruise Raises $6000 for HIV causes

The HIV Cruise Retreat : A Fun Source of Education and Funds for HIV Projects CONTACT: Paul Stalbaum at Paul@universal-travel.com800-735-0401 ext 241 Fort Lauderdale, March 21, […]
March 20, 2008

HIV Lipodystrophy: Where are we after 10 years?

From Gay Men’s Health Crisis HIV Lipodystrophy: Where Are We After Ten Years?By Nelson VergelJuly-December 2007 Note: The following article expresses the opinions and learned lessons […]
March 20, 2008

Amazing Seminar About the Brain and Our Consciousness

If you guys have 18 minutes to spare, please watch this amazing lecture about the brain and our consciousness microclesia ? Blog Archive » Jill Taylor’s […]
March 17, 2008


QUESTION FROM SOMEONE IN MY POZHEALTH AT YAHOOGROUPS.COM LIST: “I interpret this that once the current supply of the components tomake nandrolone are depleted, there will […]
March 16, 2008

HIV Lipodystrophy: Where are We After 10 Years?
March 16, 2008

FREE Built to Survive Spanish Translation!

We are happy to announce that the Spanish translation for the main chapters of Built to Survive are now available for free for all Spanish speaking […]
March 16, 2008

Hearings on Steroids in Sports and the Impact on Treatments for HIV and other Medical Conditions

March 12, 2008 The Honorable Nancy PelosiSpeaker of the United State House of Representatives235 Cannon HOBWashington, DC 20515 Subject: Representative Henry Waxman’s Hearings on Steroids in […]
March 13, 2008

Close to a cure for AIDS?

From: Transplanting Hope: Stem Cell Experiment Raises Eyebrows at CROI March 11, 2008 By David Evans Not every remarkable HIV treatment discovery makes the front page […]
March 11, 2008

Liver Warning with Prezista

Tibotec Dear Healthcare Professional: IMPORTANT DRUG WARNING March 2008Dear Healthcare Professional: Tibotec Therapeutics, in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, would like to inform […]
January 29, 2008

Blood Testosterone Levels And HIV-POSITIVE Hypogonadal Men

From the book: Built to Survive, available at and amazon.comBlood Testosterone Levels And HIV-POSITIVE Hypogonadal MenThe Normal Scale Doesn’t Seem To Apply As was stated […]
January 24, 2008

US patent office rejects Gilead Viread patents

US patent office rejects Gilead Viread patents Wed Jan 23, 2008 3:46pm EST By Deena Beasley LOS ANGELES, Jan 23 (Reuters) – U.S. patent officials have […]
January 19, 2008

HPV does not descriminate among gay men, straight men and women

As we live longer, more long term related problems are appearing in HIV positive men and women. As you can read in the report below, HPV […]
January 19, 2008

New HIV Drug Concern: How can long term survivors with archived NNRTI resistance know if Intelence is really an “intelligent” choice ?

Intelence (TMC 125- etravirine) is a new NNRTI just approved today for the treatment of HIV. Many of us developed resistance to Nevirapine and Efavirenz years […]
January 18, 2008

New HIV drug to be approved soon: Intelence

This is from Rob Camp’s blog, a well known treatment activist that sends letters to the FDA before an HIV drug gets approved with his comments […]
January 17, 2008

Bristol-Myers Slammed By AIDS Group Over Pricing

Bristol-Myers Slammed By AIDS Group Over Pricing January 16th, 2008 7:20 am By Ed Silverman The Fair Pricing Coalition, an independent community group that works to […]
January 14, 2008

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Experimental Drug Case

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Experimental Drug CasePetitioners Argue Terminally Ill Should Have Right to Drugs Not Yet Approved by FDABy Robert BarnesWashington Post Staff WriterMonday, […]
January 14, 2008

SIGN ON PETITION: ads for prescription and over the counter drugs should include a toll-free number and a website to report side effects

IMPORTANT: If you’re interested in signing onto the attached petition, please contact Consumers Union directly (Bill Vaughan at or Susan Herold at December 31, […]
January 14, 2008

Insulin, Leptin, Diabetes, and Aging: Not So Strange Bedfellows

As we know from several studies, insulin levels seem to be higher in HIV positives than negatives. We also have more problems with increased triglycerides, low […]
January 13, 2008

What is the best delivery method for testosterone in men?

Dear Nelson: I was wondering what your opinion, Nelson, is selfinjecting testosterone a better way to administertestosterone, or do you recommend the gels? I also seewhere […]
January 8, 2008

HIV/AIDS Experts, Doctors Voice Concerns About Health Problems Seen Among Long-Term HIV/AIDS Survivors

I am so glad people are taking about this now. We are living longer and aging-related problems seems to show up earlier in long term survivors. […]
January 7, 2008

The Battle to Decrease Visceral Fat: Leptin vs Serostim (growth hormone) vs TH9507 (growth hormone releasing factor) Leptin Reduced VAT by 30%/Improved Metabolics in Pilot StudyCROI, Feb 2007, Los Angeles“Improvements in Hepatic and Adipocyte Insulin Sensitivity, Dyslipidemia, and Visceral Fat during Leptin […]
January 7, 2008

Best Erectile Dysfunction Options in the US

QUESTION AND COMMENTS FROM MY POZHEALT LIST: Regardelss of its pathogenisis, ED can be a problem for many of us….wether the etiology is urological, medication induced, […]
January 7, 2008

What is the least toxic HIV medicine regimen (HAART)?

Question: what is the least toxic HAART combo?I’ve heard that the NNRT/NRTI combo is better than the PIis that true for first line combo?I want the […]
January 4, 2008

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December 19, 2007

Congress to reclassify growth hormone and DHEA- Should we be concerned in the HIV field?

Should we be concerned in the world of HIV? Human Growth Hormone (Serostim) is currently approved for HIV wasting. DHEA is a supplement sold over the […]
December 14, 2007

Testosterone Pellets for More Sustained and Longer Term Blood Testosterone Levels

I just got back from seeing Dr Richard Cavender in New Albany, OH ( which is close to Columbus. This man has a full wellness clinic […]
November 28, 2007

HIV Metabolic Complications Myths

HIV Metabolic Complications MythsSome misunderstandings about treatmentby David Alain Wohl, M.D. IntroductionOne of the greatest drags on the success of potent antiretroviral (ARV) therapy has been […]
November 27, 2007

We need action by Dec 6!:A Bush double-cross on HIV travel ban

Background: A Bush double-cross on HIV travel ban Tuesday, November 20, 2007 The Bush administration is trying to pull a fast one rushing through draconian proposed […]
November 23, 2007

Human Experimentation in Anabolic Steroid Research

worked with Dr Scally in the past and he is one of the country’s experts on anabolic research. This is an e-book he just published. America’s […]
October 15, 2007

Last HIV Update in Houston this year

October 12, 2007

The best HIV drug in history approved today

Merck Gets FDA ApprovalFor New HIV Treatment Wall St JnlBy JENNIFER CORBETT DOORENOctober 12, 2007 5:50 p.m. WASHINGTON — A U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel […]