Soap operas constantly tackle social issues — and often before other TV shows

General Hospital fans are well aware of the impact the heterosexual AIDS storyline had on daytime television. It won actress Kimberly McCullough her second Daytime Emmy, and it reinforced the importance of safe sex practices.

This isn’t the only social issue that has been brought up by soaps. In fact, the shows were often pioneers in breaking stories that the prime-time shows wouldn’t even touch. Take a look at some of the most groundbreaking storylines in daytime television history.

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