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EASTENDERS' Zack Hudson left fans sobbing after revealing he has HIV to a packed Queen Vic.
Emotions were high for Zack (James Farrar) in Monday's episode of the BBC soap as he revealed his secret about his HIV diagnosis.
But Ben Mitchell (Max Bowen) pushed Zack too far after as he repeatedly called Zack a "coward" for not wanting to take him on in a fight.
Little did he know that Zack would have failed the blood test due to his diagnosis.
Ben's taunting didn't stop as he said it's good Zack doesn't have a child of his own because he wouldn't be a good father.
An angry Zack then blurted to Ben that he couldn't fight because he is HIV positive.
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Ben was floored by the news as well as other residents in the Queen Vic as the pub fell silent.
Viewers were left sobbing after Zack's impulsive yet brave public confession.
Taking to Twitter, one said: "Aw Zack, but at least it's all out there now and he's not having to deal with it alone anymore thankfully."
Another wrote: "So proud of Zack being brave and telling everyone about his HIV being the reason he couldn't fight the boxing match in the Vic. #EastEnders."
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A third penned: "Zack did the bravest thing ever by saying he has HIV in front of everyone in the pub."
Meanwhile, Ben was left reeling after receiving unexpected news about his rapist Lewis Butler.
Ben was battling with his guilt after finding out someone else reported Lewis for rape.
Ben opened up to his mum that if he had reported him sooner "he wouldn't have been able to hurt someone else would he?"
Kathy told her son not to blame himself.
A teary Ben confessed: "I just thought with him being nicked it will all go away."
Kathy reassured Ben and said: "Look whatever Lewis has done it is not your fault. He is the only person responsible for his actions.
"He's already taken so much from you Ben. Please darling, don't let him take anymore."
EastEnders airs Monday to Thursday on BBC One and iPlayer.
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