NEOPLANET, GAY.COM LAUNCH HIVLIFE BROWSER, PARTNER TO SUPPORT PROJECT INFORM

SAN FRANCISCO and TEMPE, Ariz., May 22, 2000 -- Gay.com (www.gay.com), the world's leading provider of products and services for the gay and lesbian market, and enhanced browser-developer NeoPlanet, Inc. (www.neoplanet.com) today announced the launch of the "HIVlife Browser" designed to simplify access to HIV and AIDS-related online health resources. In addition, NeoPlanet announced that it will donate one dollar per unique installation of the HIVlife Browser to Project Inform (www.neoplanet.com), a national AIDS information and advocacy organization.

The HIVlife Browser is available free for downloading via www.projectinform.org, and features content-channels with direct links to resources and information about HIV disease, as well as a custom-branded interface designed for Gay.com's new HIVlife Channel. The HIVlife Browser is based upon NeoPlanet 5.1 and features integrated email and search, customizable interface themes, or "skins", and other enhanced features.

"Project Inform welcomes the joint contributions of NeoPlanet and Gay.com to our efforts in the fight against HIV/AIDS," said Avi Rose, executive director, Project Inform. "By providing financial support and a tool that keeps the community connected to important online health resources, the two companies are supporting our cause in a way that counts."

Over the next three months, NeoPlanet will continue to donate one dollar directly to Project Inform for every unique installation of the HIVlife Browser up to one million dollars.

"Gay.com's HIVlife Channel demonstrates the value of the Net as a resource for individuals with HIV/AIDS," said Drew Cohen, president and CEO, NeoPlanet, Inc. "NeoPlanet is proud to be a part of this important program and to contribute to Project Inform on behalf of Gay.com."

"By extending our licensing partnership with NeoPlanet to support the HIVlife program, we are able to provide the HIV/AIDS community with a useful new tool to keep in touch with relevant online resources," said Mark Elderkin, president and COO of Gay.com. "We appreciate NeoPlanet's support for this program, and its contributions to Project Inform and the HIV/AIDS community."

The HIVlife Browser is approximately 2MB and requires Windows 98 or Win 95/NT with IE 4.0 or higher installed.

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About Project Inform
Project Inform is a national nonprofit, community based organization working to end the AIDS epidemic. It has been at the frontlines in the fight against HIV and AIDS since 1985-when reliable information about the disease and its treatment was nearly impossible to obtain. Over the years, Project Inform has maintained its primary focus on providing free, confidential, and empowering information to anyone who asks and on speeding up the search for a cure. The organization carries out its mission through its publications, a national toll-free hotline, website, action alert networks, and an array of outreach and education programs. Through the generous support of private donors, a dedicated staff, and the efforts of hundreds of volunteers, Project Inform has earned an international reputation as a vocal, active, and effective advocate for the HIV/AIDS community it serves.

About NeoPlanet
NeoPlanet combines content, communications and community to bring the best of the Internet to the consumer's desktop. The company allows users to reflect their own "Internet Fashion" by customizing NeoPlanet's Internet Desktop through personalized "skins". NeoPlanet features a built in directory of user customizable Content Channels featuring Lycos' leading Internet content allowing users to personalize their surfing experience. Distribution channels include ISPs, OEMs, Web sites and direct marketers. NeoPlanet is free and easy to download at http://www.NeoPlanet.com. NeoPlanet, Inc. patent pending.

About Gay.com
Gay.com is a global e-commerce company that leverages the distribution power and global reach of the Internet to provide products and services to more than two million gay and lesbian consumers each month. The company's Internet portal, www.gay.com, is the largest and most extensive online network targeted to the lesbian and gay community. Interactive services include free ISP, news, search, shopping, chat, message boards, email, radio, matchmaking, and twelve original content channels. Customized e-commerce and direct marketing programs target the entertainment, finance, healthcare, pharmacy, telecommunications, and travel industries. Gay.com syndicates content and services to more than 2,500 affiliates and has established distribution and advertising partnerships with Times Company Digital, Yahoo!, CMGI, and AskJeeves. Investors include Chase Capital Partners, Flatiron Partners, Baroda Ventures, Macluan Digital, Jesse.Hansen.CoVe, and IDG Ventures. Gay.com is based in San Francisco, with offices in New York and Los Angeles.

Gay.com and Gay.com Network are trademarks of Online Partners. NeoPlanet is a trademark of NeoPlanet, Inc.

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