Television writers are beginning to incorporate AIDS into their scripts. In a recent episode of NBC's "L.A. Law," attorney Douglas Brackman is humiliated when a woman he cavorted with barges into the law offices to berate him. Later, in the men's room, he encounters the law firm's resident playboy, Arnold Becker:

{Brackman sags. The toilet flushes and Becker emerges from the stall.} Brackman: Don't start. Becker: {shrugs} Hell hath no fury. I just hope you used protection. Brackman: If you mean you think she might enmesh me into a paternity situation, I can assure you I made certain she was on the pill. Becker: Not her. You. A condom? AIDS, Douglas? The second coming of the black plague? Brackman: AIDS? Becker: If you're going to practice surgery, take it from someone who knows: never operate without your gloves on. Brackman: What are you talking about? Heterosexuals aren't at risk. I read an article about it in Playboy. Becker: You believe everything you read? Brackman: Arnold, it's not like I'm promiscuous. Becker: What about her? She's, what, 30, 35? That's 15 years of sexual activity, average a dozen guys a year, each with a dance card of his own. Twelve times fifteen is one hundred and eighty. One hundred and eighty to what, the 20th power? {Brackman's blanching.} Face it, any time you hit the sheets with someone new, you link yourself up virally to about half the world population.

{Off Brackman, drenched in clammy sweat.}