Opiferum currently lives in Sydney, Australia.
Born in Brisbane, Australia; she moved to Christchurch, New Zealand in 1991 at the age of 12 years. She went on to be a very successful young musician and holds a First Class Honours degree in the History of Art from the University of Canterbury.
Opiferum was an intravenous drug user between the years 2004 and 2009. During this time, she became passionate about the rights of drug users and the consequences of living with the stigma of being a drug user. As a result of a needle-stick injury, she contracted hepatitis C in 2004. She lives to tell the tale of what it is like to live with hepatitis C; having been on standard interferon in 2007, only to discover in 2010 that the virus has resurfaced. She is now awaiting for a second course of treatment with the newly approved drug, sofosbuvir.
She is a free-lance writer in her spare time and is currently completing a Diploma of Counselling (AIPC) and Post-Graduate Certificate in Harm Reduction (York University, Canada). She recently graduated with a Cert IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs (Western Sydney Institute of TAFE).
Articles by Opiferum
March 20, 2014 Does it really matter?
February 25, 2014 Taking stress out of hepatitis C
January 30, 2014 Taming the Dragon
December 20, 2013 Hep C and Happy Holidays!
December 02, 2013 The Cost of an Unfortunate Mistake
November 17, 2013 HCV is for Hope, Courage, Victory.
Updated March 20 2014 10:05 pm EST