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Table 3 Results from exploratory factor analysisa

From: Development of a 12-item short version of the HIV stigma scale

  Factorsb
1 2 3 4
Eigenvalues 5.61 1.50 1.21 1.01
Item     
Personalised stigma     
  29. People I care about stopped calling after learning I have HIV 0.978 −0.010 −0.044 0.025
  36. I have lost friends by telling them I have HIV 0.862 0.005 −0.081 −0.093
  28. Some people avoid touching me once they know I have HIV 0.614 −0.005 0.245 0.012
Disclosure concerns
  6. I work hard to keep my HIV a secret −0.025 −0.870 −0.054 −0.036
  4. Telling someone I have HIV is risky −0.017 −0.764 −0.041 −0.146
  17. I am very careful who I tell that I have HIV 0.005 −0.748 0.135 0.086
Concerns about public attitudes     
  10. Most people believe a person who has HIV is dirty −0.023 −0.001 0.783 −0.103
  9. People with HIV are treated like outcasts 0.035 0.023 0.705 −0.145
  20. Most people are uncomfortable around someone with HIV 0.132 −0.260 0.604 0.094
Negative self-image
  2. I feel guilty because I have HIV 0.012 −0.041 −0.038 −0.759
  3. People’s attitudes about HIV make me feel worse about myself 0.033 −0.046 0.046 −0.758
  7. I feel I’m not as good a person as others because I have HIV 0.033 0.008 0.130 −0.663
  1. aAlpha factoring, oblimin rotation on data from the study “Living with HIV in Sweden” (n = 440)
  2. bFactor loadings <-0.32 or >0.32 in bold