WebMD answers questions you may have upon learning your partner has genital herpes. Skip to main content. Check Your using a latex condom offers some protection. Genital Herpes Fact Sheet from CDC. Be aware that not all herpes sores occur in areas that are covered by a latex condom. Also, herpes virus can be released. Using condoms during sexual intercourse significantly decreases the likelihood that men infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 Condom use was low overall.