Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) is an important topic in sex ed and and important to know about for one own’s sexual health. While this is a matter that should be discussed without shame and with the right information as it’s affects many people, it is uncommon for medical illustrations across a variety of genitals and skin tones to be seen.

In a collaboration with You, Me and HSV, these images were created to show how Herpes Simplex Virus-2 (HSV-2), also known as genital herpes, looks as it goes from onset to healed.

Colorized medical illustrations of HSV-2 from onset to healed

Because HSV looks different on different skin tones, more than one (almost always White) skin tone is necessary for accurate representation.