Condoms provides some protection
The only way to avoid getting a genital herpes infection is to not engage in sexual intercourse with an infected person. The next best option is to use a condom. A condom is said to provide approximately 50% protection against infection. In other words, if you have sex with an infected person without protection the risk of infection is 80-90%, and it is reduced to 50% if you use a condom. The reason why a condom does not provide 100% protection is that it does not cover all infected areas of the skin such as the root of the penis and the anus. On the other hand, a condom provides nearly 100% protection against chlamydia and gonorrhea.