EastEnders' Zack Hudson finds a confidante in HIV storyline

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EastEnders will show Zack Hudson finding a confidante in his ongoing HIV storyline.

The chef, who is played by James Farrar, tested positive for the virus last week, but he’s had nobody to confide in following his diagnoses.

In scenes set to air next week, Zack is initially perplexed as to why Sam had stayed in Walford given the fact she was planning to move to Germany with Ricky.

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As he probes about her obvious stress (her son Ricky Jr and Lily are expecting a baby), her suspicions are aroused when Zack says too much about his diagnoses.

Remembering the text that came from the GUM Clinic, in which all of Zack’s previous sexual partners were notified, Sam deduces that the message was about him, and he confirms her deduction.

After Sam offers to help and support Zack, he admits to feeling ashamed about his diagnosis, being acutely aware of the stigmatised nature of the virus.

Sam then chastises him for not picking up his medication, imploring him to treat himself properly. She urges him to be honest with Whitney, who he is expecting a baby with, but will Zack be able to overcome his nervousness and gradually reveal his HIV positive status to more people in the Square?

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Since the storyline has aired, there's been a huge surge in searches for HIV research, with the Terrence Higgins Trust revealing that its website had seen a 75% increase in visits.

“The spike in our charity's website traffic shows that Zack's diagnosis has already started conversations in living rooms across the UK, and these much-needed discussions around the reality of HIV today will continue as his story unfolds,” said chief executive Ian Green.

EastEnders airs on Mondays - Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.

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Organisations including amFAR, Terrence Higgins Trust and the National Aids Trust (NAT) can provide further information on research, testing and treatment for both HIV and AIDS.

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