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Corrie's Seb Franklin to face HIV shock

An explosive trailer released on Thursday showcased the deaths, kidnaps and arrests expected in upcoming episodes of Coronation Street.

But Weatherfield fans were in for another shock on Friday when it was revealed that Seb Franklin will be diagnosed with HIV in groundbreaking scenes to be aired next month.

Actor Harry Visinoni's character, whose on screen girlfriend is Faye Windass, will be shown struggling to come to terms with the virus as he faces a mixed reaction from family and friends.

Virus horror: Coronation Street fans were in for a shock on Friday when it was revealed that Seb Franklin (right) will be diagnosed with HIV in scenes to be aired next month

Virus horror: Coronation Street fans were in for a shock on Friday when it was revealed that Seb Franklin (right) will be diagnosed with HIV in scenes to be aired next month

Struggle: Actor Harry Visinoni's character (left), whose on screen girlfriend is Faye Windass (right), will be shown trying to come to terms with the virus

Struggle: Actor Harry Visinoni's character (left), whose on screen girlfriend is Faye Windass (right), will be shown trying to come to terms with the virus

A source told the Sun: 'Coronation Street have never been afraid of tackling taboo subjects and this is not different.

'Seb's storyline isn't going to see him go on a huge "journey" and be drawn over months and years but the initial scenes are sure to be shocking.

'The episodes, which will air next month, will show realistic attitudes both positive and negative to HIV. Producers aren't going to sugarcoat it, but they also want to show that life doesn't end with a diagnosis.'

Struck down: Seb (pictured hospitalised in an upcoming epsiode after falling from a ladder) will be the first major character from the ITV soap to contract the illness

Struck down: Seb (pictured hospitalised in an upcoming epsiode after falling from a ladder) will be the first major character from the ITV soap to contract the illness

The source added that the show has been in contact with the Terrence Higgins Trust to ensure their depiction of the virus - which damages the cells in your immune system and weakens your ability to fight everyday infections and disease - is a sensitive one.

Seb will be the first major character from the ITV show to contract the illness - but British soaps haven't shied away from the somewhat taboo topic in the past.

EastEnders' market trader Mark Fowler was plagued by the illness during actor Todd Carty's long stint on the BBC drama.

Intense: The action kicks off with Eva Price being questioned by Aidan Connor over the factory being robbed, urging there to be no more 'lies or secrets' between the pair

Intense: The action kicks off with Eva Price being questioned by Aidan Connor over the factory being robbed, urging there to be no more 'lies or secrets' between the pair

His character caught the HIV virus from his girlfriend and viewers watched his struggle to come to terms with the debilitating condition.

In 2014 Emmerdale's Val Pollard was diagnosed HIV-positive after a holiday fling in Portugal. Actress Charlie Hardwick said she noticed the stigma attached to the illness after she was trolled on social media following her character's storyline. 

While Hollyoaks touched briefly on the immunodeficiency virus as character Ste Hay was diagnosed after a one night stand - a plot twist actor Kieron Richardson claimed helped 'save lives' as it encouraged people to get tested.

Seb Franklin's news comes the day after an exciting trailer for the autumn run of episodes proved that the soap will be one not to miss over the next few months, with show bosses have hinted at multiple deaths, a dramatic kidnapping plot, a proposal and plenty of betrayal.

New romance? The blonde beauty finds herself occupied by Adam Barlow and the duo lock lips

New romance? The blonde finds herself occupied by Adam Barlow and the duo lock lips

Among the thrilling storylines viewers will finally learn the fate of Rita Tanner, who has been diagnosed with a brain tumour, whether Bethany Platt will finally get justice as her ex-fiance Nathan heads to court and if her mother Sarah and boyfriend Gary Windass will get their happy ending.  

The action kicks off with Eva Price being questioned by Aidan Connor over the factory being robbed, urging there to be no more 'lies or secrets' between the pair. 

But the blonde finds herself occupied by Adam Barlow and the duo lock lips - could romance be blossoming between the pair even though Eva and Aidan have agreed to get their relationship back on track? 

Trouble ahead: Bethany Platt disappears ahead of her ex-fiance and groomer Nathan's court trial, with fears she could be dead following an explosive altercation with Mel

Trouble ahead: Bethany Platt disappears ahead of her ex-fiance and groomer Nathan's court trial, with fears she could be dead following an explosive altercation with Mel

After finally speaking out against her abusers, trouble is in store for teenager Bethany as her ex-fiance and groomer Nathan faces trial. He is determined to stop the youngster from testifying against him and she mysteriously goes missing, after Nathan's friend Mel turns up on the cobbles. 

The body of a teenage girl is found with Bethany's friend Craig recognising her necklace as the police investigate on the railway tracks.

Meanwhile, Chesney is seen collapsing on the floor after Sinead confesses to boyfriend Daniel that she 'always' thinks about what could have been - alluding to her previous relationship with

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