EastEnders spoilers follow.
EastEnders has confirmed a problem-based HIV storyline for Zack Hudson.
In the upcoming scenes, Zack will be surprised by a visit from an old friend of Brett’s – who persuades Zack to take an HIV test because he recently tested positive for the virus.
Over time, Zack will learn that he too is HIV positive, and viewers will see what Zack’s life is like as he adjusts to living with the virus.
EastEnders producer Chris Clenshaw and his team are working with pioneering charity Terrence Higgins Trust to create a story that will speak to millions.
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“EastEnders has never shied away from discussing sensitive issues, and Zack’s story is one of them,” the producer said today (January 5).
“There is still a lot of myth and misinformation around HIV so working closely with the Terrence Higgins Trust has allowed us to really understand what it’s like to be diagnosed with HIV and we hope this story will raise awareness about HIV and what it means.” like living with the virus in 2023.”
EastEnders was one of the first British dramas to explore the impact of HIV/AIDS in the early 1990s when Mark Fowler was diagnosed. This new storyline will look at how HIV/AIDS science has made tremendous strides over the last few decades.
Ian Green from the Terrence Higgins Trust said: “It’s been great working with EastEnders on Zack’s story to show people across the UK that an HIV diagnosis doesn’t have to stop you from living your life to the fullest.
“During the height of the HIV epidemic in the 1990s, we worked with EastEnders on Mark Fowler’s story to ensure that HIV was portrayed accurately on screen. Mark was the first figure on mainstream British television to be diagnosed with HIV. His story was seen by millions and helped change attitudes towards the virus as fear and misinformation spread.
“More than 30 years have passed since Mark’s storyline, and unfortunately, HIV myths are still perpetuated by far too many people. The amazing progress we’ve made on HIV means that people successfully treated for HIV can’t transmit the virus and can have a normal life expectancy Zack’s story will hopefully educate viewers about the realities of HIV in 2023 and spark conversations in salons across the UK Britain.”
Viewers will see the story begin as Zack tries to adjust to the idea of fatherhood after recently learning that Whitney Dean is expecting a baby.
EastEnders aired Monday to Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show is also streamed on BBC iPlayer.
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Organizations, among others amFAR, Terrence Higgins Fund and National Assistance Fund (NAT) can provide further information on research, testing and treatment for both HIV and AIDS.
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