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    HIV+ into bodybuilding and trying to put on muscle mass.

    Hi community. Im glad that i found this forum and this is my first post here. Hope u guys can give me some advices. Im 36yrs old (Height=5'6.9 , Weight=176.37lbs).), HIV+ for 8 years now, doing well with the medication and undetectable since then. Im very much interested into bodybuilding, but...
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    The IRS now lets you deduct $300 from your taxes for cash donations in 2020

    Special Tax Deduction for Cash Donations to Charities in 2020 In the article A Closer Look, Tax Exempt and Government Entities Commissioner Edward Killen reminds taxpayers there’s a special deduction for cash donations of up to $300 to a qualified charity in 2020. This $300 deduction is...
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    Hypogonadism in HIV Positive Men

    This is a review article discussing the treatment of hypogonadism in HIV positive men, with a discussion of several cases. The full text of the article is available online. The introduction says: "Hypogonadism commonly affects HIV-positive men and is associated with a variety of clinical...
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    HIV bodybuilder about to start his first cycle

    Hello, I am a 30 y.o. male who was recently diagnosed with HIV a few months ago. As a dedicated lifter, I'm concerned about the effects HIV might have on my physique. I was put on treatment right away and my viral load is now undetectable with CD4 being in the 900 range. I have been lifting...
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    Almost 5 years with advanced prostate cancer, and the negative effects of hormone therapy and no testosterone

    Hi all, I am a GWM, 59, who has been poz for 33 years. Almost 5 years ago I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer (metastasized to the bones, such as shoulders, spine, rib cage). My PSA had gone from 3 to 43 in a year and a half, and I had been ignoring signs like: difficulty ejaculating...
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    HIV Patients Often Also Have Hypogonadism

    Blood levels of 25 Japanese men who were HIV positive were measured. 13 of the men also had low free testosterone levels. Levels improved after one year of anti-retroviral therapy. Here is the abstract.
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    Built to Survive: Nelson Vergel

    “There’s wisdom with age, but there’s a lot more wisdom with age and HIV,” says Nelson Vergel. Like many long-term survivors, he initially considered his HIV diagnosis a death sentence. But despite the odds, the Venezuelan immigrant refused to give up. Vergel tested positive for the virus in...
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    Resistant to thyroid hormones?Thyroid hormones and trt

    Hi guys: I´m here since last year all your posts helped me a lot to begin with TRT, i´ve had some improvement, not like i would but definitively improvements after much years with sexual issues, i´m a 37 years,hiv positive since 2010 undectetable since 2011, with hypothyroidism. Beginning this...
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    HIV hypothyroidism and TRT

    Hi guys: Some days ago i post a thread in other section only with two answers that didnt helped me much, i´m confused and desperate,i´m from Bogotá Colombia, i´m a 37 years old hiv positive guy with hypothyroidism being treated with levothyroxyne 50 mcg, my HIV meds are lamivudine/zidovudine...
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    Low Vitamin D Increased Muscle Related Side Effects of Statins in HIV+ people

    CROI: VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY IMPAIRS THE BENEFICIAL EFFECTS OF STATIN IN TREATED HIV - - (04/06/17) "The correlation between low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration and statin-induced musculoskeletal pain is debated still today, but it was proved by several observational cohort studies...
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    HIV+, Test Enth, Deca - Combatting Muscle Wasting

    Hi guys, Im 29 yr old male 5'7" height from the Philippines and HIV+ for 8 months now currently taking Tenofovir-Lamivudine-Efavirenz as my hiv med. From 130 lbs i lost 10 lbs since i started taking the hiv meds. I feel healthy i dont have any other health issues i go to the gym every other day...
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    Free Download : Survivor Wisdom: How to Stay Healthy While Living with HIV

    This is a handout of slides from a lecture I did a few years ago to update patients and clinicians about the HIV Cure, side effect management and general health in HIV. Free download:
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    New Member - 10 Years on TRT, Now Dealing With Problems

    This is Chuck from Los Angeles California. I'm 56 years old and have been on TRT for approximately 10 years I take a weekly injection of depth-testosterone at 200 mg/mL. I have been HIV-positive since 1987, currently undetectable. I'm dealing with testicular atrophy and diminished libido at...
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    Adversity, Breakthrough and a Hero’s Battle with Death -Jay Campbell Interviews Nelson Vergel

    Hey Guys! Please give this Podcast a listen to hear a different side of Nelson's story. We went deep discussing his inspiring story! TRANSCRIPT - PART 1 Jay Campbell: Hey guys, it is Jay...
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    HIV and Hormones

    Nelson answers HIV specific hormone questions in this section of (most of this information is applicable to most people) Nelson Vergel 's column on hormones on Body shape changes in HIV (lipodystrophy and lipoatrophy)
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    Are persons with HIV worthy of cancer prevention diagnoses and treatment?

    A good friend of mine, a healthy husky contractor named Jim Kennedy needed a liver. Jim was the kind of guy that would do anything for anyone in need. He fed the homeless and needy not only on Thanksgiving but all year long. He lifted guys out of poverty by offering them work and teaching them...
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    Slide Show: Nutrition Considerations in HIV

    I hope you enjoy this lecture I gave 1.5 years ago but which is still very relevant.
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    Allow myself to introduce: HIV+ hemophiliac with possible low T

    Hi. I'm a 48 YO male who has been experiencing many symptoms of low T. I'm also a long-term HIV+ hemophiliac (bad blood 30+ years ago). I'm an inspirational speaker, published author, and certified personal trainer who races in long bicycle rides and triathlons. I use weight lifting to...
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    I have lost faith in my Doctor, am I being unreasonable?

    Here are some background facts: I am 45 years old. I have been HIV Positive since 1990. I only started treatment for HIV about 5 years ago. I was prescribed Adderall and Wellbutrin for 3 years I regularly have high blood pressure at the beginning of my appointments, but when taken at the end of...
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    How Can I Fix Unintended Weight Loss?

    I am a sixty plus year old woman with HIV-1. I was diagnosed October 18,2001. Two years after starting my medication regime I was given Atripla and have been on it ever since. This year I began loosing weight intentionally but now over the last 4 to 5 months I have loss of appetite and have lost...
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    Facts About Vitamin D and HIV

    Vitamin D is responsible for enhancing intestinal absorption of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate and zinc. In humans, the most important compounds in this group are vitamin D3 (also known as cholecalciferol) and vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol). Cholecalciferol and ergocalciferol can be ingested...
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    What is being done about HIV lipodystrophy?

    This article summarizes issues surrounding body changes in HIV, the use of growth hormone releasing hormone (Egrifta), facial fillers for facial wasting and more. What is being done about HIV lipodystrophy?
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    Harmful Gut Flora and HIV

    Harmful gut flora In the new study about harmful bacteria in the digestive tract being higher in HIV+ people. What can one do to help reduce harmful bacteria in the digestive tract before it becomes a problem? Response from Mr. Vergel Great question! This is the recently published...
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    Testosterone Falls No More With Than Without HIV Over 6 Years in MACS

    These are very unexpected study results! Free testosterone did not fall more through 6 years of follow-up in HIV-positive than HIV-negative older men in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) [1]. HIV-positive men had lower morning but not afternoon/evening testosterone levels than matched...
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    Whey Protein Can Improve the Immune System in People with HIV

    Whey protein supplementation has been found to be safe in HIV. However, a few people with milk protein intolerance may get diarrhea or bloating if they consume more than 40 grams per day. Many products are lactose free, so if you are lactose intolerant read the label. There are four types of...
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    HIV Treatment Activist Nelson Vergel Faces Down Cancer

    I have not really disclosed much on but this article pretty much describes why I am so driven to self reliance and resilience for all of us who are dealing with medical issues. I hope can serve as an avenue to get us all to the destination of great health no matter...
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    FREE Nelson's First Book: Built to Survive- Medical Use of Anabolic Steroids

    With over 330 scientific references, this book provides a comprehensive guide to the medical use of anabolic steroids, growth hormone, supplementation, optimal nutrition, and exercise to prevent and treat the loss of lean body mass and body alterations experienced by people with HIV. Most of the...
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    Medical Use of Anabolic Steroids: Free Book

    With over 330 scientific references, this book provides a comprehensive guide to the medical use of anabolic steroids, growth hormone, supplementation, optimal nutrition, and exercise to prevent and treat the loss of lean body mass and body alterations experienced by people with HIV. Most of the...
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    For HIV+ People and Men Who Want To Know Science: Free Book

    With over 330 scientific references, this book provides a comprehensive guide to the medical use of anabolic steroids, growth hormone, supplementation, optimal nutrition, and exercise to prevent and treat the loss of lean body mass and body alterations experienced by people with HIV. Keep in...
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