Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) was left shocked in EastEnders when she discovered that she was pregnant after a one night stand with Zack Hudson (James Farrar).
Since then, she has come to terms with the idea of being a mother, with the help of her friends.
Upcoming scenes will see her meet her baby for the first time as she goes for her first scan, accompanied by an entourage of supportive peers.
As she sees her baby for the first time, she is overwhelmed with love.
Elsewhere, however, Zack is struggling to cope following Brett’s (Fabrizio Santino) appearance and the revelation that he needs to get tested for HIV.
Brett and Zack had previously shared needles when using steroids, and, having been diagnosed with HIV, Brett informed Zack that he may also have the infection.
Since then, Zack has kept this information to himself, terrified that he may have put Whitney and his baby at risk.
Will Zack continue to keep quiet, or will he share his concerns with the mother of his child?
And how will Whitney react if she finds out the truth?
We know, of course, that the storyline will eventually lead Zack to being HIV positive.
The BBC One soap is working alongside Terence Higgins Trust for the plot, with Ian Green, Chief Executive at the charity, saying: ‘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.”
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