ASPIRES Evidence Briefs Series: Business Skills and Entrepreneurship Training and HIV Outcomes
Economic factors are linked to HIV risk behaviors, as well as outcomes, at every stage of the HIV care and treatment cascade. The ASPIRES project conducted an extensive review of the literature on these linkages to produce an evidence brief series highlighting how different household economic strengthening (HES) interventions may affect HIV prevention, testing, links to care, retention in care, and antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence. Business skills and entrepreneurship training is an economic strengthening approach that builds the skills of participants to start and run their own businesses. Evidence suggests that when combined with other health and/or economic strengthening (ES) interventions, entrepreneurship support may help improve HIV prevention, HIV testing and linkage to care, as well as adherence to anti-retroviral therapy (ART).