ArtAids concentrates its efforts on supporting people infected with HIV in Thailand. The foundation has set up a programme together with HIV-NAT, the HIV Netherlands Australia Thailand Research Collaboration. HIV-NAT, founded in Bangkok in 1996, runs an HIV/Aids research and treatment centre under the auspices of the Thai Red Cross. An important goal of HIV-NAT is not only to simplify the strategy for antiretroviral treatment and to find the appropriate dosage for Thai people but also to treat those infected with HIV who would otherwise have no access to such assistance.
ArtAids has a special focus on providing broad-range care for HIV-positive children and their families by providing funding for salvage therapy, laboratory testing and education. ArtAids has also initiated a project to increase prevention among young MSM (men having sex with men).
ArtAids finances Art Camps offering art classes and other activities for HIV-positive children. The safe and easy-going atmosphere allows the children and their caregivers to share experiences and find mutual support – a first for most of the participants. A series of follow-up gatherings enables the participants to maintain the contacts they made at the Art Camp.
Apart from raising public awareness of the problems associated with HIV/Aids, the aim of the projects carried out by ArtAids in Catalonia is to raise funds for the project led by Doctors Clotet and Gatell, which is working on research towards a vaccine (for treatment and prevention) through the HIVACAT program.
Since 2007, ArtAids has financially supported the Fundació de Lluita contra la SIDA (Fight Aids Foundation), which is based at the Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol (Can Ruti) and works on the development of research to optimise treatment for HIV and related health problems.