THT working with Hollyoaks

Posted: 20th Jan 2015

Terence Higgins Trust assist Hollyoaks with HIV storyline

Hollyoaks is working with HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust on a storyline that will see Ste Hay diagnosed as HIV positive – the first time a British soap has featured a gay character living with HIV.

Following a night of unprotected sex with a stranger, Ste will test positive for the virus. The long-running storyline will follow him as he manages the condition and will show the effect it has on his marriage, children and his physical and psychological well-being.

Will Harris, Head of Media at Terence Higgins Trust, said: “We always say that a well-researched, well-told storyline in a national soap is worth any number of health campaigns, especially for a stigmatised condition like HIV. It is important because currently whole generations of young gay men are entering adulthood without the confidence they need to negotiate healthy sex and relationships.

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