Thursday 22 February 2018

Corrie fans praise writers for handling of Seb’s HIV diagnosis

The teenager received the shocking news in Friday night’s show.

British Soap Awards 2017 – Manchester
British Soap Awards 2017 – Manchester

By Francesca Gosling

Coronation Street viewers have praised the soap for sensitively handling a young character’s HIV diagnosis.

Friday night’s episode of the ITV show saw Seb Franklin (Harry Visinoni) receive the devastating results in hospital after he was tested for the disease, while his girlfriend Faye Windass (Ellie Leach) was given the all-clear.

She told her partner that “we are all in this together”.

The programme also featured a link to support information for anybody suffering a similar story both on screens and via its Twitter account.

Viewers commended show writers for portraying the sad story between the two teenagers, with one writing: “Helpful story line on HIV tonight up to date knowledge and no scare mongering – job well done Corrie!”

“Good acting from @Harry_Visinoni and @ellielouleach tonight,” added another.

One person posted: “Really glad Coronation Street have a positive HIV storyline. I’ve been making films for @THTorguk with some amazing ppl to fight the stigma.”

Sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust followed in fan footsteps, commenting: “We commend @itvcorrie for the ‘sensitive and informed portrayal’ of its first ever HIV storyline. #Corrie.”

But things turned sour after Faye’s mother Anna (Debbie Rush) was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. It came after Seb mysteriously fell from a ladder, landing him in hospital.

Coronation Street continues at 7.30pm on ITV on Monday.

Press Association

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