In an age where personal ads are $35 a week, sex therapists $120 a session, and single bars a jungle, the computer program Love Quest by IntraCorp Co. is intended to help you find your ideal mate quickly, efficiently, without fuss or danger. At $59.95, it's a bargain. If it works.

According to psychologist Joyce Brothers, a lot of people find it easier relating to computers than to one another. "When you watch television, it looks as though everyone is comfortable with sex," she says. "But most people are shy and embarrassed ... people do better with computers than therapists because they feel the computer is not judgmental."

Now, with the discreet assistance of a nonjudgmental computer program, you can find your most compatible match without leaving your TV dinner. "In a sexually charged atmosphere threatened by diseases it is a great pre-relationship," says Leigh Rothschild, president of IntraCorp.

According to Rothschild, the program can improve existing relationships and its data base can help you meet congenial people.

While there are hundreds of dating services across the U.S., Rothschild asserts Love Quest is unique: "It's the difference between champagne and wine." The national data bank allows Love Quest to transcend state lines. The software features offer compatibility, facts about yourself, and a wild-card selection that stores 100 profiles (a veritable home dating service). The information can be kept private through an encryption device. The computer works with a 20-digit code that summarizes the psychological makeup of a person. Then, looking for similar codes, it can find a match in 15 seconds.

"Everyone has a computer dating service but I don't know of any national data bases with a Fortune 500 company," says Rothschild, who claims Love Quest will be using the computer of a large, well-known company with unlimited storage capabilities and international data processing. He won't say, however, which company that is. A specially assembled group of doctors, called the Sexual Analysis Group of Miami, works on a consulting basis for IntraCorp. They created the 77 questions for Love Quest. Why do 77 questions determine your compatibility and not 78? "We looked for a test that could be completed in 15 minutes," says Rothschild.

Brothers, an owner of IntraCorp and a member of the Sexual Analysis Group of Miami, has been asked to select the "most compatible couple in America," based on the Love Quest program. Winners will be given an all-expense-paid cruise around the Caribbean. "It's like a Reader's Digest sweepstakes. I hope the couple likes each other but it's possible they won't," says Brothers, who insists that the contest is only meant as a "fun thing."

Besides demographic questions, educational background, income range and religion, Rothschild says, "On an individual basis the program tells us how sensuous, materialistic, extroverted or introverted we are, how strong our sex drive is, how dominant and how conventional we are."

For those who lack home computers, a test is available in the old-fashioned paper format. From a test printed in the May issue of Playgirl, Rothschild expects 10,000 to register with Intracorp. As an inducement, readers are offered their first compatible name for free. "I don't know that there's necessarily a need for it, says Playgirl editor Nancy Martin, "but what interests readers and what they need are not necessarily the same thing." So far the data bank has received 5,000 names responding to the software and the written version of Love Quest in Playgirl.

Rothschild believes in the test, possibly because it makes him look good: "I've taken the test many times. It concluded that I was a great choice. ... Most important, it was accurate in its readings of me. Since I control the data base I cannot participate in Love Quest. It wouldn't be fair ... but I wish I could."

Unlike Rothschild, subscribers to the main data bank can request name referrals by submitting their 20-digit code and a fee of $15 per name. They can also specify region, educational background or income. Love Quest cooperates but cannot guarantee results. "We don't manufacture names," says Rothschild.

"If you're Mary from Miami and you want to be matched with Harry from Miami you might get John from Maryland. If the computer does not feel two people are compatible it will not match them up {even if} Mary and John are the only people in the computer data base."

And what type of people buy Love Quest?

"They are upscale people who are educated. They are above $30,000 in income and college education range. They usually own a videocassette recorder and sophisticated electronic equipment. Some are single. Some married. It breaks evenly on that," says Rothschild.

So what happens if a happily married couple takes the Love Quest challenge only to be told that their relationship is a sham? Is the computer a home-wrecker?

"If you feel you're compatible, that's all that matters," says Rothschild. "They say opposites attract." "It is not scientifically known what makes people compatible," says Brothers.

She notes that almost 50 percent of marriages end in divorce and only 1 in 6 lasts a lifetime in a deep, committed love. The rest settle for a "utilitarian marriage with some feelings, satisfactions and adjustments. Most of the couples wish that love had lasted, but some are satisfied with utilitarian marriage, some are comfortable without passion."

Rothschild considers sexy software the wave of the future. After Love Quest helps you find your perfect mate, he hopes you will get the children started on "Birds and Bees," the Sexual Analysis Group of Miami's newest program.

This facts-of-life program, he says, is the only one of its kind. "We're going to be using the child's first name in the program. We can hold your child's hand."

"I'd much prefer to see children talk with their parents about it," says Brothers, who did not collaborate on the Birds and Bees program. But she does agree that the computer can be used to stimulate discussions. "There's never a substitute for parental guidance," agrees Rothschild. "But how many parents do you know that don't understand the facts of life themselves?"

The Birds and Bees program has an encryption lock. As a parent you are asked the names of your children and their ages and you can control the information given to your children. Rothschild claims the program is "totally specific." The program is divided into two modules: Module A for children 7-12 and Module B for those 13-18.

IntraCorp is a relatively small company. "We do a couple of million dollars a year," says Rothschild, whose first hit is a program named "Intracourse" when it is sold mail-order and "InterAction" when it is sold in stores. "I've always been uncomfortable about the name "Intracourse," says Brothers. Last December, Computer Dealer magazine pronounced it the winner in the newly created category of psycho sexual software.

Brothers was a member of the Sexual Analysis Group of Miami that developed the Intracourse/InterAction program. "Dr. Brothers was intrigued with the concept of InterAction," says Rothschild, "and she agreed to serve as a consultant and reviewer for the program. Things went so well that last year she joined the company as one of its owners."

Says Brothers of the human-computer connection: "When you've confided your secrets into a computer and find the world hasn't come to an end, it makes it easier to confide in a person."