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Table 3 Perceived reasons for stigma and discrimination experienced

From: An exploratory survey measuring stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa: the People Living with HIV Stigma Index

N=486 n HIV status (%) Other (%) HIV and other (%) Not sure (%)
Being gossiped about 254 142 (55.9) 13 (5.1) 57 (22.4) 24 (9.4)
Verbally insulted/harass/threatened 138 86 (62.3) 19 (13.8) 28 (20.3) 2 (1.4)
Excluded from social gatherings 101 35 (34.7) 26 (25.7) 22 (21.8) 10 (9.9)
Physically assaulted 78 40 (51.3) 17 (21.8) 11 (14.1) 8 (10.3)
Excluded from family activities 75 25 (33.3) 31 (41.3) 8 (10.7) 4 (5.3)
Physically harassed 75 41 (54.7) 17 (22.7) 11 (14.7) 4 (5.3)
Excluded from religious activities 50 4 (8.0) 32 (64.0) 6 (12.0) 1 (2.0)