We have been at the center of the HIV/AIDS epidemic since the beginning. More than 250,000 gay men have died of this disease in the past 30 years. As a community, we rallied together in those early days and we can be proud of the role we played in changing the course of the disease. And we can do it again.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five of us - gay and bisexual men - in some of the largest U.S. cities are HIV positive, and half of those who are infected do not know it. And it will get worse if we don't act now. Men who have sex with men are the only group for which HIV is on the rise.

So, what's holding us back? We know how to prevent HIV (use condoms) and we know if we are positive finding out and getting care is critical to our own health and protecting those we love. Don't allow HIV to bring us back in the closet. We need to talk openly and honestly and we need to act in our relationships and in our communities. Begin by getting informed.