EastEnders' Zack Hudson to take HIV test as his story continues

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EastEnders' Zack Hudson will be tested for HIV as his story continues next week.

The BBC soap is exploring an issue-based HIV storyline with Zack, which began following a visit from his old friend Brett last week.

Zack's life has been turned upside down by the news that Brett has HIV, having shared needles with him while taking steroid injections in the past.

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Viewers also know that Zack has been adjusting to the idea of fatherhood, after learning Whitney Dean is expecting his baby.

Despite being eager to stand by her initially, Zack's turmoil has seen him push Whitney away – much to the frustration of her friends.

As Zack continues to keep those closest to him in the dark about what's really going on, upcoming scenes will see him start to face up to the situation.

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Zack prepares for his taste testing at Walford East, determined to prove himself to Ravi and land himself the job of Head Chef.

Unfortunately, the evening takes a turn when Suki hears that Zack has abandoned Whitney and the baby, and forms her own opinions.

Zack becomes increasingly rattled by Suki’s nitpicking and disapproval regarding Whitney, and ends up smashing a glass.

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Panicked, Zack becomes overwhelmed and storms out, but later accepts that he can't keep avoiding the inevitable.

Realising he needs to get answers, Zack goes to get tested for HIV.

EastEnders has been working with pioneering charity Terrence Higgins Trust on Zack's storyline.

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Ian Green, of the Terrence Higgins Trust, said: "It's been incredible to work with EastEnders on Zack’s story to show people across the UK that an HIV diagnosis doesn't have to stop you from living 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 HIV was portrayed accurately on screen. Mark was the first mainstream British TV character to be diagnosed with HIV. His story was viewed by millions and helped change attitudes about the virus when fear and misinformation was rife.

"Over 30 years on from Mark's storyline and sadly myths about HIV are still held by far too many people. The incredible progress we've made around HIV means people on effective HIV treatment can’t pass on the virus and can have a normal lifespan. We hope that Zack’s storyline will educate viewers on the reality of HIV in 2023 and spark conversations in living rooms across the UK."

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

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