For all those teen-agers who have been asleep for three years and still don't know the elementary facts about AIDS, ABC-TV offers "Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS Story" (today at 3 p.m. on Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42).
Opening the new season for the network's "Afterschool Special" series, the story is about Kevin, a bright, lovable, sensitive yet carefree and cool 16-year-old who contracts AIDS from a blood transfusion.
Transfusions are a rare way to contract acquired immune deficiency syndrome in the real world, but they remain one of the least objectionable ways to get a sympathetic AIDS victim on TV without dragging in all kinds of morally ambiguous subjects such as homosexuality and intravenous drug use, which still account for about 90% of all AIDS patients but are barely alluded to in this drama.
Scriptwriter/director Victoria Hochberg focuses on the relationship between Kevin (well-played by Christian Hoff) and his buddy Paul (Wally Ward), who desperately wants to get elected to the school senate. Hochberg has created a pair of uncliched, likable and basically believable teens.