Nelson Vergel is a 25+ year long term HIV survivor. Aided by his chemical engineering degree and obsession for scientific data, he adds his own personal experience as he demystifies many health myths. For the last 20 years, his trial-and-error experience to improve his quality of life has paved the way for others to learn from his knowledge.
He is 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 and now is launching ExcelMale.com to educate men regardless of health status about the latest research on longevity and productivity.
Areas of Expertise
Health and fitness, HIV, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Fitness , Men's Health, Aging, Fat Loss, Quality of life and well being, Community Education, Activism
An idea worth spreading
It is time to share the progressive survival expertise and wisdom that we have gathered in HIV in the past 31 years to help the general aging population live healthier and remain functional/independent. Title of a talk: "What Baby Boomers Can Learn From HIV Long Term Survivors"
I'm passionate about
, men's health, activism, longevity, chronic illness, wellness, justice, hiv cure research, transhumanism
Talk to me about
men's health, survival skills, HIV, aging, testosterone, exercise, nutrition, side effect management, activism, community mobilization, health
People don't know I'm good at
Dancing salsa and throwing great parties
My TED story
TED has empowered and inspired me to help my community and to remain creative about new possibilities to help the world. When I was losing hope,TED helped me remain optimistic about the goodness of humans.